Would giving kids a pedometer help them exercise more? Would giving them prizes from a company tracking their movement help them exercise more?
A new product GeoPalz ($19.95) is essentially a cute pedometer. But here’s the twist: each Geopalz has a serial number that you can log into a computer. The kids earn 1 Geopalz point for every 2,500 step that they use toward prizes.
“The goal is to get the kids motivated to walk/run/be active with the GeoPalz pedometer and earn prizes with each point earned—which can include GeoPalz-branded hacky-sacks, flying discs, footballs, or store gift cards. Both kids are shooting for a $10 Target gift card (199 points or nearly 500,000 steps). They’ve been jumping, running, and wiggling to make their pedometer gain more points.”
“So, the GeoPalz world works this way—you buy a GeoPalz branded pedometer (for $19.95) or provide your own pedometer when registering (for $14.95) and the kids earn points