TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:
- A new program at ORU requires all freshmen to wear Fitbit fitness trackers
- Students are required to to hit 10,000 steps per day and meet heart beat per minute standards
- The reaction has been mixed
Oral Roberts University now requires all incoming freshmen to wear a Fitbit in order to monitor their physical activity.
Physical education has been a big part of the university’s curriculum for a long time
“It’s helped a lot of people even though they don’t like it sometimes when they have to work out,” said Christian Monsolve.
The university used to have students manually enter their “aerobic points” but now every step, heartbeat per minute and calorie burned is recorded straight into ORU’s system.
“I’ve gotten mixed reviews. I’ve had some people say it looks like an anklet and others say that they are tracking you,” Monsolve said.
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. Professors have access to the information.