Friday, January 8, 2016

ORU freshmen are all wearing fitness trackers in pioneer program

ORU freshman Eden Watson, 19, works out while wearing a Fitbit in the Aerobic Center at ORU in Tulsa, Okla., taken on Jan. 6, 2016. All incoming ORU freshmen are being required to wear Fitbit watches as part of ORU's whole-person philosophy, spirit, soul and body. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World
By Bill Sherman              
Eden Watson can tell you exactly how many steps she has taken today, and how many minutes of aerobic exercise she has accumulated this week.
The Oral Roberts University freshman is not alone. All 900 incoming students at ORU can do the same thing, and the school itself has access to each student’s data.
Watson, a 2015 graduate of Jenks High School, is part of a pioneer program that requires all incoming freshmen at ORU to wear Fitbit health and fitness tracking watches on their wrists to record their heart rate and physical activity all day, every day.
The devices are not new. They have been popular with fitness advocates for some time.

And ORU’s emphasis on mandatory physical fitness is not new. It’s part of the school’s whole-person educational philosophy initiated a half century ago by the university’s founder, the late Oral Roberts.
The full story can be found HERE. 

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