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    Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Is this a really a good idea?

    Schools to monitor obesity in students - UPI.com
    BAY SHORE, N.Y., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A group of Bay Shore, N.Y., school students will soon be wearing a watch-like device that allows school officials to track how active they are, officials say.

    The devices are called Polar Active monitors and they count heartbeats, detect motion and even track students' sleeping habits in an effort to combat obesity, the New York Post reported Sunday.
    "It's a great reinforcement in fighting the obesity epidemic. It tells kids, in real time, 'Am I active? Am I not active?' We want to give kids the opportunity to become active," said Bay Shore athletics chairman Ted Nagengast.
    The monitors are distributed by Polar Electro, of Lake Success, the U.S. division of a Finland firm. They cost $90 each.

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    Polar Active activity monitor for schoolkids raises privacy concerns among parents - NYPOST.com
    Big Brother is joining the battle of the bulge.
    A group of Long Island students will soon be wearing controversial electronic monitors that allow school officials to track their physical activity around the clock.
    The athletics chair for the Bay Shore schools ordered 10 Polar Active monitors, at $90 a pop, for use starting this spring. The wristwatchlike devices count heartbeats, detect motion and even track studentsí sleeping habits in a bid to combat obesity.
    The information is displayed on a color-coded screen and gets transmitted to a password-protected Web site that students and educators can access.

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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    From what I gather it sounds like spying on people. No, its not a good idea.

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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Just stop publicly funding the health care of people who self-sabotage.

    There is no reason to overtly control people as long as you don't have to fund their way through life.

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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    If my kid came home with one I'd give the school a chance to keep it or I'd personally return it.

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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Is this a really a good idea?

    Schools to monitor obesity in students - UPI.com
    BAY SHORE, N.Y., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A group of Bay Shore, N.Y., school students will soon be wearing a watch-like device that allows school officials to track how active they are, officials say.

    The devices are called Polar Active monitors and they count heartbeats, detect motion and even track students' sleeping habits in an effort to combat obesity, the New York Post reported Sunday.
    "It's a great reinforcement in fighting the obesity epidemic. It tells kids, in real time, 'Am I active? Am I not active?' We want to give kids the opportunity to become active," said Bay Shore athletics chairman Ted Nagengast.
    The monitors are distributed by Polar Electro, of Lake Success, the U.S. division of a Finland firm. They cost $90 each.

    Read more: Schools to monitor obesity in students - UPI.com

    Polar Active activity monitor for schoolkids raises privacy concerns among parents - NYPOST.com
    Big Brother is joining the battle of the bulge.
    A group of Long Island students will soon be wearing controversial electronic monitors that allow school officials to track their physical activity around the clock.
    The athletics chair for the Bay Shore schools ordered 10 Polar Active monitors, at $90 a pop, for use starting this spring. The wristwatchlike devices count heartbeats, detect motion and even track studentsí sleeping habits in a bid to combat obesity.
    The information is displayed on a color-coded screen and gets transmitted to a password-protected Web site that students and educators can access.

    Well, it sounds like this is going to turn into a typical whore's nightmare of worst scenerios and unintended consequences. If it were my child and he/she had no problem with it, neither would I. Beyond that, because this sounds like it's going to get quite complicated, I'd say forget it. Give 'em each a pedometer and have them keep their own records. That really ought to be enough to reinforce the benefits of physical activity.
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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Sounds good to me. Childhood obesity is becoming a real problem. Part of the role of schools has always been physical education. There is no reason that element can only take place in the gymnasium. Besides, lots of schools have been forced to cut gym class altogether due to budget cuts. Something like this would probably at least give some fallback for that. Kids are at school like half of their waking hours during the school year. If they aren't being active enough, the schools share half the blame for that, so I'm glad to see some of them are stepping up and doing their part to address the problem.

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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    This is absolutely intolerable.

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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    If a parent wants to monitor - that's fine.

    But this doesn't sound like the parents are given a choice . . . just how on EARTH do these ideas like this enter into the minds of school officials? Seriously? Things like this happen such as the case with the laptops being sent home and school officials were taking photos (lots of them) of the kids at home in their rooms through the webcam app.

    I mean - it's CREEPY as hell, honestly - knowing that there are people in our school system who want to SNOOP and SPY so much on us and our children and how we conduct ourselves.

    Ugh - I swear! Have they just lost their minds . . . jesus!
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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Quote Originally Posted by teamosil View Post
    Sounds good to me. Childhood obesity is becoming a real problem. Part of the role of schools has always been physical education. There is no reason that element can only take place in the gymnasium. Besides, lots of schools have been forced to cut gym class altogether due to budget cuts. Something like this would probably at least give some fallback for that. Kids are at school like half of their waking hours during the school year. If they aren't being active enough, the schools share half the blame for that, so I'm glad to see some of them are stepping up and doing their part to address the problem.
    They were forced to cut gym due ot budget cuts - and that makes monitoring our children's bodies in and out of school as being OK? Nevermind that these things cost money

    How on earth do you arrive at that conclusion?

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    Re: Schools to monitor obesity in students

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    This is absolutely intolerable.
    Why? They're ordering 10 of the things. The school my mom taught at didn't have these, but they had like 10 of those "pedometers" that measure how many steps you take in a day. They had kids take turns wearing them and they would make graphs in class about how many steps they took and when and how many calories that meant they burned and whatnot. Each kid would wear one for like 24 hours once a year or whatever. The kids loved it and it was a good way to teach them about math and exercise and health and whatnot. My mom loved it too. She used to wear it around the house sometimes for fun. It's pretty interesting data really. Some days you literally may only walk like 100 steps and other days you might walk 10,000 and not really even be that aware of it.

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