Published Online: November 5, 2013
Published in Print: November 6, 2013, as Students Get Fitness Devices To Gauge, Promote Activity

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Students Get Fitness Devices To Gauge, Promote Activity

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Nearly 7,000 5th graders in 15 school districts in Snohomish County, Wash., will be getting watch-sized electronic devices to measure their activity levels throughout the school year.

The Gear Up & Go program will provide students with ongoing measures of their activity with the goal of increasing their off-the-couch time.

The Sqord PowerPods are like pedometers with some technological tweaks. They also measure the intensity of activity. The more time students spend on get-up-and-go activities, the more online points they earn. Students can check on their progress at computer stations at participating schools and YMCAs in the county.

Vol. 33, Issue 11, Page 5

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