A national organization that equips schools with computerized fitness gear and data-collection software to promote better student health is drawing fire for how it does business.

The fitness-equipment contracts that schools have signed with the National School Fitness Foundation are financially risky, needlessly expensive, and run afoul of bidding laws, the Minnesota attorney general's office and state auditor say.

At issue are contracts 13 Minnesota school districts have signed with the Utah nonprofit to purchase or lease-to-buy equipment--including weight machines and computers that measure body fat and heart rates--through a

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