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An Oklahoma University Is Forcing Students to Wear Fitbits

An employee holds Fitbit Inc. Surge smartwatches during the IFA International Consumer Electronics Show in Berlin, Germany, on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.
Chris Ratcliffe—Bloomberg/Getty Images An employee holds Fitbit Inc. Surge smartwatches during the IFA International Consumer Electronics Show in Berlin, Germany, on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.

The students get graded on their level of aerobic activity.

An Oklahoma university is taking a novel approach to fighting the “Freshman 15”: Require all incoming students to wear fitness trackers.

Oral Roberts University, a Christian university in Tulsa, announced earlier this month that all first-years must wear Fitbits — watches that track how much activity a person does. Their fitness data will be tracked by the school and will affect students’ grades.

While mandatory for all incoming freshman this year, Oral Roberts said it “has opened the program up to all students,” and said the campus bookstores have already sold more than 550 of the popular gadgets.

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