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From Anchor Marla Tellez

A Tidbit On Fitbit

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The uber popular fitness tracking company, Fitbit, that produces those motivational wristbands of the same name is tackling its first (and hopefully last) public relations challenge.

CEO James Park has just issued a statement calling for a voluntary recall and full refund of its newest activity tracker, the "Force" Fitbit wearable device, after customers complained the gadget was causing skin irritations such as rashes and burns.  According to Park, "test results show that users are likely experiencing allergic contact dermatitis," potentially caused by the nickel present in the stainless steel used to make the device.  Fitbit has even decided to stop selling the Force, about 4 months after it was released on the market.

But, keep in mind: just 1.7% of Fitbit users have reported any sort of skin irritation. So, if you're a Fitbit user, let's hope you're part of the 98.3% that is loving their ever brilliant bracelet.  If you didn't know, it counts your steps, tracks how many calories you've burned and also monitors your sleep patterns.  For so many people, I know the Fitbit has inspired them to go the extra mile, figuratively and literally.  For instance, a former colleague of mine credits her Fitbit for her monumental weight loss: she went from a size 32 to 12!!!

No, I'm not a paid company spokesperson, nor do I own a Fitbit, however, I'm all for anything that promotes a healthy and active lifestyle. I know the Fitbit founders feel the same so l have faith their next invention will be problem free... and perhaps, nickel free!

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