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April 05, 2012

Schools Awarded Heart Rate Monitors for Physical Education

Two Vermont schools have been granted heart rate monitors and supporting technology for their physical education programs, the Department of Education announced today.

Milton High School and Williston Central School were awarded funds and training to implement heart rate monitor equipment and software in physical education classes. The technology provides immediate biofeedback to students and teachers about the intensity level of physical activity. The goal is to help students achieve maximal aerobic activity time during physical education, which is expected to improve health and academic performance by enhancing focus, decision-making, memory, and impulse control[1].

“The heart rate monitors support a pedagogical shift toward individual, lifelong fitness for all students,” said physical education consultant Lindsay Simpson. "During school visits, I have witnessed that students using heart rate monitors are more engaged and hold themselves accountable for reaching personal goals. The heart rate monitors are also downloadable which enables teachers to objectively assess student activity level. These data can then be used for lessons in health education, mathematics or science."

The heart rate monitor grants, awarded as a result of a competitive proposal process, are legislated in Act 161 of 2004, an act promoting wellness in Vermont schools. For more information contact Lindsay Simpson, Physical Education Consultant (802) 828-1461 or

To see Heart Rate Monitors in action at a Vermont school, go to:

Source: Department of Education
Last Updated at: April 05, 2012 12:02:35