- The Washington Times - Monday, January 11, 2016

Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is requiring incoming freshmen to wear Fitbit fitness trackers to record 10,000 steps per day, with the information being made available to professors.

ORU offers one of the most unique educational approaches in the world by focusing on the Whole Person — mind, body and spirit,” ORU President William M. Wilson said in a statement, a local CBS News affiliate reported.

“The marriage of new technology with our physical fitness requirements is something that sets ORU apart,” he said. “In fact, when we began this innovative program in the fall of 2015, we were the first university in the world to offer this unique approach to a fitness program.”

The Fitbit device uses GPS technology to track how and where students exercise, eat and sleep, as well as the calories they burn, how much they weigh and other personal information, EAGNews reported.

“While Fitbit fitness tracking is required for all incoming students, ORU has opened the program up to all students,” according to the university website. “The Fitbit trackers will feed into the D2L gradebook, automatically logging aerobics points.”

Professors have access to the information, a local Fox News affiliate reported.

“It’s helped a lot of people even though they don’t like it sometimes when they have to work out,” said Christian Monsolve, a freshman at the private university. “I’ve gotten mixed reviews. I’ve had some people say it looks like an anklet and others say that they are tracking you.”

Freshmen are required to take 10,000 steps per day and meet a heart-beats-per-minute standard throughout the week.

This year’s class is the first to use the devices.


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