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GeoPalz

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Ready, set … walk, run, skip, hop, jump and climb! The more kids move, the more points they earn with GeoPalz, a family-focused activity tracker. As kids earn “pedpoints,” they can trade them in for prizes such as jump ropes, baseball bats and gift cards. The prizes are free, but parents have to pay shipping and handling. In addition, parents can choose to offer their own kid-specific incentives, such as a skateboard or bike, that they plan to buy as a reward, once a child earns a certain number of GeoPalz points.
GeoPalz
GeoPalz
In Step

Ready, set … walk, run, skip, hop, jump and climb! The more kids move, the more points they earn with GeoPalz, a family-focused activity tracker. As kids earn “pedpoints,” they can trade them in for prizes such as jump ropes, baseball bats and gift cards. The prizes are free, but parents have to pay shipping and handling. In addition, parents can choose to offer their own kid-specific incentives, such as a skateboard or bike, that they plan to buy as a reward, once a child earns a certain number of GeoPalz points.

The founders of GeoPalz are Rich Schmelzer, Sheri Schmelzer and Zan O'Leary, the same entrepreneurial team that created Jibbitz shoe charms (now owned by Crocs). They came up with GeoPalz as a way for families to make fitness a fun, engaging activity -- and to get their kids away from TV and computer screens. Each kid in the program gets a GeoPal, a water-resistant accelerometer that counts steps and tracks moderate/vigorous physical activity. The digital component of GeoPalz is a website where kids can log their activity, earn points, and advance along the GeoPalz World path, which shows kids what prizes they’re getting closer to earning.

By tracking steps and earning points, kids find out just how rewarding exercise can be.