Partners Step It Up
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Partners Step It Up is an activity program that incorporates technology, educational feedback and a fun, team-oriented foot race to raise awareness about the importance of daily activity and good health. Nearly 200 Massachusetts elementary students and teachers participated in Step It Up in 2011. The program is in collaboration with Partners Community Health, Dorchester FAMILY School Initiative, and DotWell.
How does it work?
Each student receives their own ‘sneaker chip’ pedometer to wear everyday, which measures their step count and minutes of activity. The data on the sneaker chips are uploaded automatically when a student walks by designated computer hubs located in the school. The sneaker chips record amount of activity only, and does not contain any information regarding location.
Each week, the classrooms are provided with Step Reports for each student. That report contains the amount of steps each student took in a given week, as well as number of active minutes, and cumulative steps. The Step Report also contains educational content relating to activity, nutrition, and/or health.
At the start of the program, each student also receives their own Step Meter. The Step Meter allows the students to track their cumulative steps in a fun and engaging way. The Step Meter contains milestones, such as “you’ve walked the Boston Marathon”, or “number of average steps taken in a soccer game”.
In addition, groups of students are assigned to teams and compete in a race across the USA. A “Step Across the USA" poster is provided, where each classroom can mark off where each team stands every week. This is intended to be a fun competition where students are motivated to be active, learn to be accountable for each other, and feel pride in how far they have traveled.
Interested in learning more about Partners Step It Up?
If you are interested in learning more about this program, contact Khinlei Myint-U at email@example.com
Weekly Step Report
Team members from the Center for Connected Health at the school enrollment event in March 2011.
Students at the Partners Step It Up launch event on Feb 29th, 2012.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and students at the Partners Step It Up launch event on Feb 29th, 2012.