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Local middle school tracks student activity, sleep patterns

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EDGERTON (WKOW) -- A school and hospital in our area has teamed up for a program that uses wireless digital wrist devices to track the health of students.

Edgerton Hospital fitted 21 Edgerton Middle School students in late November with Fitbit Flex, according to a report in the Janesville Gazette.

The devices monitor and track the students' physical activity and sleep over a 10-week period, while the students are in charge of tracking their daily diet.

Principal Phill Klamm told the Gazette he and other school officials wanted to see if a technology-driven fitness program would spark more interest in health and fitness in and out of school.

The coordinator of the program at the school said the devices were issued to students with varying interest in physical activity, extracurricular activities and school athletics.

According to preliminary data, some students don't drink enough water, eat enough fruit or get enough sleep.

UW-Whitewater has agreed to help organize the student data once the 10-week program ends and give feedback on whether students increased their physical activity or improved their diet.

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