According to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, “only one in three children are physically active every day”. Some children spend over 7 hours in front of a television or computer, rather than participating in sports and fitness. Though technology might seem like the enemy, it can also be used as a doorway to encourage children to be more physically active and healthy. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and Target have joined to provide children with UNICEF Fitness Bands, which help children become more aware of their daily activities while providing funds for needy children all over the world.
Although there are many fitness bands on the market, UNICEF Fitness Bands are unique. The UNICEF Kid Power Band connects to an app that tracks each child’s physical activity. As children participate in physical activities throughout the day, they earn points. The points a child earns add up to unlock funds for RUTF food packets. RUTF packets are therapeutic food packets that provide nutrition for malnourished children around the world.
The LA Times reports that, for the month of April 2016, UNICEF Fitness Bands have been provided to third through fifth-grade students at Brooklyn Center, MN, free of charge. More than three thousand students in the Twin Cities area were supplied with UNICEF Fitness Bands. This spring, over 60,000 students in 13 cities across the U.S. have been supplied with bands. Children are learning to be proud of their own fitness progress and find pride in knowing their participation positively impacts the lives of others. UNICEF reports that over 366,000 RUTF packets have already been distributed due to the use of UNICEF Fitness Bands.
We at Kids ‘N Shape encourage the use of UNICEF Fitness Bands to keep children fit and healthy. Using an app to track fitness can turn the influence of technology from a problem into an advantage. Children are appreciating their own health and fitness while helping others. UNICEF helps children in 190 different countries and features in the app introduce children to countries and cultures they may have not previously encountered. UNICEF Fitness Bands are not only supplied to specific schools, but can be found at Target.com. Learn more at unicefkidpower.org.
Although UNICEF Fitness Bands are a breakthrough in technology, there are many simple ways to encourage children to be fit and healthy. Kids ‘N Shape provides the equipment and support needed for children to thrive. We have two locations that offer over 6000 square feet of indoor playground equipment for grades k-12. Make appointments for open play sessions, birthday parties, field trips, and even summer camp! For short-term adventures, we offer 2-hour open sessions for $10 per child. Children can make friends while climbing, sliding and jumping through our many fitness attractions. For amateur fitness gurus, we offer multi-day summer sessions. Our themed summer camps, available at both our Queens and Staten Island locations, are priced between $100-200. For more information on our child fitness program availability, contact Kids’N Shape now and get your kids moving.