Should Schools Require Students to Wear FitBits?


A small Oklahoma college has come up with a unique strategy to fight the notorious Freshman 15. Oral Roberts University (ORU) in Tulsa is requiring its first-year students to wear Fitbits.


This new policy went into effect last fall and doesn't seem to be too drastic for ORU's students. Physical fitness has always been a big part of campus life at the school. In fact, students have been required to keep a written log of their aerobic activity as part of ORU’s fitness curriculum ever since the Christian university was founded in 1965. Freshmen are to log 10,000 daily steps on their Fitbits, reports NBC News. And yes, their steps will count toward their grades. Data from the trackers will automatically be collected by the school, which prides itself on its holistic philosophy.


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