Los Angeles County FitBit Challenge – Apply Now!

Fit Bit Ultras – apply for your free one today!

Is your New Year’s resolution to get in more physical activity? Here’s a great chance to use a sophisticated pedometer to support your New Years goals and the power of sharing one’s story to help inform walking and bicycling transportation policy in Los Angeles County.

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is coordinating a 30 Day Fitbit Challenge for Los Angeles County community members, students, teachers, writers, parents, public agency staffers, business owners, leaders, policymakers and more.  Apply now! We have purchased FitBit Ultras for this program – each participant receives one free, possibly two for minimum 30 day use.

What is a Fitbit?  A fancy pedometer that measures steps, stairs, levels of exertion and more. It is a savvy tool for looking at one’s daily activity. In this program, participants will be set up with a Fit Bit Ultra, and have the option to apply a second one for a partner of choice – can be a family member, friend, colleague, teacher – anyone you select. Please note, in order to be eligible to apply, you must live in Los Angeles County.

Flickr Photo Credit: Gelato Baby/Alissa Walker

Each participant must agree to 6 things:

  1. wearing it daily,
  2. keeping charged,
  3. taking pictures when out getting steps in,
  4. Use Metro transit minimum two trips per week, (walk to bus stop or station)
  5. contributing to interview after 30 days of experience, providing 1-2 essays (under 300 words) on experience,
  6. checking in with SRTSNP staffer Jessica Meaney at arranged intervals to share data and experience.

The goal of this program is to raise awareness and tracking of how much physical activity, such as steps taken, one makes in a given day and the experience getting in physical activity in Los Angeles County, particularly through walking.  The focus is not how much physical activity you can get, but the experience in noticing how much you currently are and what it is like to try to increase that via walking more in your daily life.  Apply now!

Photo Credit: Design Boom

This project is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

One Response to Los Angeles County FitBit Challenge – Apply Now!

  1. Pingback: Los Angeles County Active Transportation Coalition Meeting 3/27 | Safe Routes to School in California

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