Step it Up - Pedometers in Schools
Recent studies show that more than one third of the American population is overweight or obese. Since 2005 to 2013, 11 percent of high school students in New York City were considered obese according to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. That’s about 59,000 kids between the ages of 15 to 19 in New York City who run the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other cardiovascular disease.
Pedometers represent a potential method of providing positive feedback to engage in higher levels of activity. Integrating social media and competitive elements build additional incentives for student engagement. Evidence-based research has confirmed that targeted interventions and obesity screening can impact obesity outcomes in children.
In April 2015, We launched our second pedometer program at the Achievement First University Prep in Brooklyn, NY. Read more about the success of our program on our blog. Last spring, we partnered up with a physical education teacher at the school to include pedometer usage into his classrooms. In this way, students kept track of the number of steps they have taken in the course of this program, and observed their activity levels by seeing how many steps they have taken throughout the semester.
We were able to fundraise and provide 90 pedometers to be integrated into several physical education class curriculums in 2015. This spring semester, we hope to reach even more teachers and classrooms, so that we can get more New York City kids moving this coming spring. It is our hope that giving students the tools they need to set tangible activity goals will encourage a healthy, active lifestyle that will develop lasting habits.
We have selected our partner sites for our spring 2017 program! For more information on how you can bring our pedometer program into your school, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate to our pedometer fund, click here.
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