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Students Get Fitness Devices To Gauge, Promote Activity

By The Associated Press — November 05, 2013 1 min read
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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.

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A version of this article appeared in the November 07, 2013 edition of Education Week as Students Get Fitness Devices To Gauge, Promote Activity

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