Minnesota State University officials have hit upon a creative way to get students to exercise: They've outfitted the exercise equipment on their Mankato campus with computers and internet access. Now, students can check their eMail, surf the web, watch TV, or even do their homework while they work out.

With the click of a mouse, Minnesota State freshman Cassie Pap flips through cable TV channels, her legs pumping away on a recumbent exercise cycle.

She settles for MTV and reaches for the mouse to turn up the volume during her


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