Middle School Healthy Hearts in the Zone: A Heart Rate Monitoring Program for Lifelong Fitness

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Human Kinetics, 2002 - Education - 121 pages

Holding the attention of middle school students, who are on the brink of adolescence, can be a real challenge. But savvy teachers know that today's children are fascinated by technology. Middle School Healthy Hearts in the Zone: A Heart Rate Monitoring Program for Lifelong Fitnessshows you how to use heart monitors to get students excited about heart health and improving their health, fitness, and athletic performance.

This practical book provides all of the information you need to introduce this technology in the classroom easily and successfully--the instructions, lessons, data, and support. Even if you've never used a heart monitor yourself, you'll quickly learn how to facilitate self-directed, experiential learning that helps students see and feel how physical activity influences heart health. In no time, your students will be using heart monitors to individualize their fitness goals, monitor their own progress, and take charge of their health.

Special features include the following:

- Rationales for using heart rate monitors and heart zone training in health and physical education curricula
- 17 lesson plans emphasizing self-directed learning, goal setting, and self-motivation
- 30 pull-out, reproducible student worksheets
- Pull-out log page and journal page

As heart monitors continue to grow in popularity, it's essential that teachers know how to incorporate them successfully into their curricula--even in health education classroom settings. These ready-to-use resources will help teachers unfamiliar with heart monitors to get up to speed, and the resources will enable those already using them to fine-tune their methods. Most important, the book will help every teacher build interest and motivation in students and set them firmly on the path to lifelong heart health awareness and fitness.

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About the author (2002)

Deve Swaim has worked with heart rate monitors since 1991 and taught health and physical education at the middle school, high school, and college levels since 1972. She has spoken of educational uses for heart rate monitors in presentations across the United States and in Australia.

Swaim is an instructor in the graduate teacher education program at Portland State University at Portland, Oregon. In 2001, she was elected the northwest representative to the board of governors of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In 1997, she was awarded Honorary Life Member of the Oregon Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She also has served as a member of the Oregon Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sport and was a founding member of the board of directors of the Oregon Health Promotion Foundation.

Swaim earned her master's degree in health and physical education from the University of Oregon in 1975.

Sally Edwards is a long-time physical educator and the creator of the heart zone training system introduced in this book. She is the author of five books on heart zone training, including the bestselling The Heart Rate Monitor Book. This professional athlete is a 16-time Ironman Triathlon finisher, former Master's world-record holder, and a member of the Triathlon Hall of Fame. In 1984, Edwards was an Olympic trials marathon qualifier. She is a former trustee and officer of the Women's Sports Foundation and founder of USA Triathlon, the governing body of triathlon. Since 1990, Edwards has served as the national spokesperson for the Danskin Women's Triathlon. She also founded the Heart Zones company, where she is currently head heart.

Edwards earned her master's degree in exercise physiology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1970 and her MBA from National University in 1986.

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