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Clarke Students Conduct Fitness Experiment

Joe Carlino, Erin Connolly and Stephanie Papoutsakis are setting to prove that moving each day can combat teenage obesity.

Three W.T. Clarke Middle School science research students are setting out to prove that walking throughout the day can be the solution to teenage obesity, according to the East Meadow School District's website.

Under the research of their science and physical education teachers, Joe Carlino, Erin Connolly and Stephanie Papoutsakis are conducting an experiment to illustrate how a pedometer application on a cellphone can help teens become more physically fit and active.

Thirty classmates and 10 teachers will participate in the one-week experiment, and the results will be entered into the Christopher Columbus Research Competition, along with projects from 60 other honors students.

According to Michelle Obama's initiative, "Let's Move", a teenage girl is recommended to walk 11,000 steps a day while a teenage boy should walk 13,000.

Erin Connolly said that the experiment showed her that she needs to be a little bit more active.

“When I started the experiment I walked only 5,000 steps a day, and now I know that I have to walk a lot more to keep fit.”

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