Ever wish your kids would magically jump off the couch, turn off the TV, and run outside to play for an hour? If so, Switch2Health can help. The company’s S2H Replay wristbands monitor physical activity, and the wearer can earn rewards ranging from a free phone ringtone to an Xbox 360.
Founders Seth Tropper and Amado Batour developed the wristbands to help combat the obesity epidemic, which stems in part from a lack of exercise, especially among children. According to a study done by the American Academy of Pediatrics, 30% of children in the U.S. are obese. Because overweight children are much more likely to become overweight adults, parents who encourage healthy habits in their children can help to prevent some serious health issues in the future.
To earn points, the wearer has to engage in physical activity for one hour. The bands check every three minutes for moderate to active motion, such as jogging, running, playing tennis, soccer, basketball, or running around at school. Each segment of activity gets recorded and counts toward the one-hour goal per day. Once that goal is reached, the band generates a unique code that you can enter into the website to accumulate points toward a reward ? such as a gift card to a major retailer, a Wii console, or an iPod.
Tom Castaldi told us about this fun, simple way to motivate children and adults to exercise. The payoff is refreshingly clear: Choose a healthy lifestyle, and you’ll reap the rewards ? physical and material.
What an incredible idea! Even though I'm very motivated to lose weight, this would definitely encourage me to do more! I'm absolutely going to get one of these. If it works, I'll recommend it to everyone I know.
I think this sounds great, as an obsese youth myself I would be interested in trying this with my daughter.
This sounds great - I plan on getting one for myself to try out before getting one for the kids.
Seems worth trying, at least
What a great idea!! I would definatly try this and encourage friends and family to do so as well.
WOULD LOVE TO TRY THIS!!
Love this idea! Can an adult use it as well?
Where do you get this? My daughter is needing more exercise per her pediatrician and her cholesterol is borderline to being high. She is physically active but apparently not enough in conjunction to her love of desserts. I would be thrilled to try this out on her. Is it available on the market yet?
very inventive and affordable
Sounds interesting. I would love to have my kids try this.
INSTERING WOULD LOVE TO TRY
Wow! How can i get it?