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Washoe Schools Program Tests Link Between Fitness, Academic Performance

By studying standardized test results next month, physical education teachers in Reno, Nev., are analyzing how heart rate-based physical education has helped improve both student fitness and academic performance.

Organized by Pine Middle School P.E. teacher Jencie Fagan, seven Washoe County School District teachers are using the IHT Zone wrist heart rate monitors from Interactive Health Technologies to document an increase in math and reading scores in connection with increased student fitness.   

Fagan“Our objective is to have the students wear the heart rate monitors for at least 20 minutes twice a week,” Fagan said. “Then we will link their fitness improvements with their Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) scores.”  Read More


Run for Education: Support Physical Education and Academics at WCSD’s Biggest Fundraiser

Originally published Oct. 26, 2017 in the Reno Gazette-Journal

School budgets for physical education have steadily dwindled over the years even though research shows that exercise improves behavior, brain function, and the ability to pay attention. All things that potentially support cognitive learning in the classroom.

The 12th Annual Run for Education aims to raise $200,000 this month to support student fitness and academics. It’s a fun and family-friendly event organized by the Education Alliance of Washoe County with the support of educators, community leaders and sponsors like Scheels, UNR, and Yamana Gold, and numerous other partners.

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