(Associated Press) It's called the largest single experiment in getting kids more active in Snohomish County.
The Gear Up & Go program involves handing out nearly 7,000 watch-sized electronic devices to fifth-graders at 15 school districts throughout the county. The devices will measure the activity levels of participating students throughout the school year.
"To my knowledge, this is the first time such an extensive effort has ever been undertaken in Snohomish County to encourage an entire group of children to get more physically active," said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, health officer for the Snohomish Health District.
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The hope is that providing kids with ongoing measures of their activity levels will increase their off-the-couch time.