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Polar Releases Activity Monitor for Physical Education

September 17, 2010


Polar, a provider of heart rate monitoring and fitness assessment technologies, has released the Polar Active activity monitor - an easy-to-use training computer that allows students to measure and record their physical activity level.

In addition, the company has introduced, an online service for teachers and students to monitor and track student activity.

Jeff Padovan, president of Polar USA said, “Childhood obesity has tripled in the United States over the past thirty years, and today one in three children are considered overweight or obese. Polar is committed to reversing this epidemic and helping our nation's students become more active and maintain a healthy weight.”

To use the device, students wear a wrist unit that has a built-in accelerometer to measure their daily activity. Once students start moving, the wrist unit automatically tracks their activity level. The easy start function means that the Polar Active is always "on" and makes activity measurement easy for younger students and gives PE teachers an objective way to assess students' activity.

Polar Active keeps a track movement in many activities - including running, swimming, jump rope, basketball, and softball.

Padovan also noted that Polar Active will forever change the ways teachers educate and students learn PE.

“With the activity monitor, students exercise based on their individual fitness level, so it shifts the focus from athletic ability to personal improvement, which is key to developing positive lifelong habits around exercise,” Padovan said.

Polar also made headline recently when the company announced it partnered with Nike to launch the Polar WearLink+ that works with Nike+ runners.

Sujata Garud is a TMCnet freelancer with three years of writing/editing experience and two years of market research experience. As an editor she has covered the IT, electronics, banking, pharma, construction, mining and healthcare industries. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi