GeoPalz is a simple pedometer with a Manga-themed holder. The technology here isn’t too complicated, but it is a good mix of a simple idea, a little fashion, and some good game psychology to get kids walking.
I gave one GeoPalz to each of my two kids, 7 and 11, and they were jumping around within minutes to get their step count up. They immediately wanted to to to the GeoPalz site to add their steps so they could track their progress. Motivating too, was the fact that certain step totals win “valuable prizes.” Of course, “valuable” is in the eyes of the beholder, but the $5 iTunes gift card was certainly enough to get my 11-year old daughter motivated. My son started stepping immediately, but I think more because he wants to beat his sister, and likes the interaction on the GeoPalz website.
I’d recommend GeoPalz for anyone wanting to get their kids up and moving around. It’s not a cure-all, but it will get them moving a few more steps at a time.
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