Beth Kirpatrick, pioneer of heart rate monitor use in education and the first physical education teacher in the country to use heart rate monitors with students in physical education classes, will lead a program titled, "Tech PE--Going where NO Health and PE Program Have GONE!" on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. in Panzer Gym. Kirkpatrick will discuss the importance of measuring heart rate during physical activity, and will demonstrate heart rate monitors and the importance evaluating cardio respiratory fitness during physical activity and in sports.
Following Kirkpatrick’s talk, which is sponsored by the Panzer Student Association and Delta Phi Epsilon, the audience will have an opportunity to donate $5 to participate in a health and wellness walk/run on campus to raise money for Tulane University’s Exercise and Sports Department, which was devastated by hurricane Katrina. Volunteers will wear polar heart rate monitors during activities that will take place during the presentation, and several of them will be given away as door prizes.
Kirpatrick has dedicated her life to educating children and parents about being health-related, encouraging them to participate in a lifetime physical activity. Her message has never been more relevant now, when obesity in children and adults throughout the United States has reached epidemic proportions. After 20 years teaching health and physical education, Kirkpatrick has proven that leading a healthy lifestyle is directly correlated to the types of health and physical education programs that teach health and wellness.
Kirkpatrick was the first physical educator in the nation to receive the U.S. Department of Education’s Christa McAuliffe Fellowship in 1988. Her Physical Education program has been featured in Life Magazine, Newsweek, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Arnold Fitness for Kids, and on NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw. As the National Association for Physical Education and Sport’s Teacher of the Year, she has worked with some of the most renowned basketball teams in the nation including Duke, Tennessee and Connecticut, to improve their aerobic performance during practice and in games.