PE department chair, Renee Collins and My self would like to propose a grant to purchase a class set of heart rate monitors for the Truckee High School Physical Education Department. The American Heart Association explains that close monitoring of your heart rate during exercise is the key not only to knowing that you're working out strenuously enough, but whether you're improving your fitness over time. While there are other means of judging the efficacy of your routines (like how hard you're breathing, how tired you are, whether you can walk or sing, etc.), heart rate monitoring is the single most reliable method. It provides objective data. We would like to teach our students not only how to calculate their heart rates but how to apply that information to their fitness routines for the rest of their lives.