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Published on May 11, 2012
Using Technology to Refine Physical Education in the 21st Century Jen Ohlson, Founder/President of Interactive Health Technologies; Best-selling author; Director; and Producer
When it comes to helping children live the healthiest, happiest, most prosperous life possible, one of the best ways to motivate and capture their imagination is in school. Interactive Health Technologies (IHT) strives to enable students to realize their own individual path to success in academics, nutrition, behavior, and in living an overall healthy lifestyle. In this talk, Jen Ohlson shares how she created the ultimate science project for each student using the best wireless connection in the world—his or her own body in motion.
The "Spirit System" builds a comprehensive, day-by-day, year-by-year profile of student health information, integrates an innovative curriculum, nutrition information, correlates back to academic and attendance success, and is simple to use for all participants. It also connects all stakeholders, including parents, and provides immense aggregate data for scientific trend analysis.
Jen Ohlson is the founder and president of Interactive Health Technologies (IHT), an organization that is transforming physical education by coupling technology with well-being. Ohlson built her career in business strategy and long-range plan development and execution. She cultivated management skills as an elite athlete, coach, television sports reporter, and as a award-winning published author and public speaker. Ohlson recently wrote and directed her first feature film, "Health Needs a Hero, "an educational documentary that details the epidemic of childhood health issues. Narrated by Edward James Olmos, the film was the catalyst for a physical education course that Ohlson helped create and is now approved for implementation by the Texas Education Agency. Jen is also the author of the national award-winning coffee table book, "Every Town Needs a Trail," which celebrates the lore and heritage of Austin's Town Lake hike and bike trail. Ohlson's message provides a powerful, inspirational call for health awareness, community involvement, technology innovation, expansion and preservation of open space and the abundance of health and wellness in families and their children. Her mission is to make physical education the 5th requirement in schools nationwide.