Beth Kirkpatrick is the Director of Advocacy for Heart Zones Inc. Beth has decades of experience teaching physical education and being the pioneer of incorporating wearable technology in the classroom. Her role with Heart Zones is to continue her life’s work and help get all physical education classrooms in the country using the Heart Zones Move Solution!   MORE INFORMATION >>


Giving the Gift of Fitness Energy

  How can students and community stakeholders invest their fitness energy back into their homes and neighborhoods?   Written by Beth Kirkpatrick, Heart Zones Director of Advocacy August 2022 There are several valuable steps to accomplish this outcome. First, for the fitness enthusiast, you should generate energy (aka burn calories) through physical movement activities of…

Beth Kirkpatrick’s Lessons From the Heart: Reaching “Outside” The Walls of Your Gymnasium & Into the Hearts & Minds of Your Community

“The Day in The Life of . . .” is the most powerful community outreach strategy for changing the minds of our community members as to what physical education is all about. This creative multi-dimensional lesson allows for physical educators to reach outside the walls of the gymnasium and into the hearts and minds of…

Imagine a New Physical Education

Imagine a new direction in physical education… Imagine having individual exercise data that was immediately sent to student records, the student, and the parents, each day from physical education classes. Today, the evolution of heart rate technology has revolutionized physical education and sports by allowing for more precise measurements and accurate evaluations. Our profession, and…

Lessons From The Heart

My journey as the pioneer of using heart rate sensors in the school setting begin in 1980. Since than I have been asked so many times: “Why do you think using heart rate sensors is so important”?  Since the first few months of this journey utilizing heart rate sensors, the most important reason I realized was that I knew I wasn’t “guessing” anymore when I would encourage students to either go faster or slow down. Before having access to wearable technology it was especially haunting each fall and spring when all 550 of my middle school students ran the mile, and then later, complete the 20 meter cardio test.