School administrators in the Anchorage School District are distributing fitness devices to elementary students with the goal of goading them into physical activities with points they can use online.
Students at 37 elementary schools received Sqord devices Monday that resemble a wristwatch and track physical activities much like the popular Nike Fitbit, Your Alaska Link reports.
“Sqord basically is a Fitbit like I’m wearing here for kids, the difference really is an online platform that they’ve built to kind of bridge the gap with the kids as they start to decline in their activity levels around fifth-sixth grade,” Micaela Jones, Sqord program coordinator for Providence Health and Services Alaska, told the news site.
“It gives them a little online component to keep them interested,” she said, “but really the gal is to keep them moving and active.”
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