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.

HOW CAN you help?

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 To donate to our pedometer fund, click here.


follow our progress on our blog

learn more: 

Ebbeling, Cara B., Dorota B. Pawlak, and David S. Ludwig. "Childhood obesity: public-health crisis, common sense cure." The lancet 360.9331 (2002): 473-482.

Dehghan, Mahshid, Noori Akhtar-Danesh, and Anwar T. Merchant. "Childhood obesity, prevalence and prevention." Nutrition journal 4.1 (2005): 24.

Nemet, Dan, et al. "Short-and long-term beneficial effects of a combined dietary–behavioral–physical activity intervention for the treatment of childhood obesity." Pediatrics 115.4 (2005): e443-e449.

Brown, Tamara, and Carolyn Summerbell. "Systematic review of school‐based interventions that focus on changing dietary intake and physical activity levels to prevent childhood obesity: an update to the obesity guidance produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence." Obesity reviews 10.1 (2009): 110-141.

Gonzalez-Suarez, Consuelo, et al. "School-based interventions on childhood obesity: a meta-analysis." American Journal of Preventive Medicine 37.5 (2009): 418-427.
Kamath, Celia C., et al. "Behavioral interventions to prevent childhood obesity: a systematic review and metaanalyses of randomized trials." The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 93.12 (2008): 4606-4615.


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