Category: Sqord in the News

San Diego Chargers Awards Grant for Sqord Pods!

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Yahoo!  King-Chavez Athletics Academy is a 2016 recipient of a Chargers Champions grant for our Sqord Pods from the San Diego Chargers!

Founded in 1995 by San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos, the Chargers Community Foundation created the Chargers Champions program to make a difference in the lives of children in San Diego.  The Chargers Champions School Grant program assists San Diego County schools with establishing and accelerating the success of the basic physical fitness, nutrition and athletic needs of their students.  The program annually provides selected schools with grants of up to $75,000 for high schools; up to $40,000 for middle schools and up to $30,000 for elementary schools.

When Sam Hess, Vice Principal at King-Chavez Athletics Academy, decided to apply for this grant, he knew it would be a tough process and that standing out would be a key factor in the acceptance of his grant proposal.  How did Sam stand out and make this happen?  Rather than request upgrades to the school gym or physical fitness equipment for sports, he wanted something to help children succeed and stay healthy from childhood to adulthood.  The Chargers Champions were extremely excited to see a Vice Principal asking for funds to help children build and maintain lifelong healthy habits using our Sqord Pods!

Thanks you San Diego Chargers and Chargers Champions, and congratulations Sam Hess and King Chavez Athletics Academy!  Sqord is super pumped to be a small part of supporting youth health and fitness in San Diego County schools!

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Let’s Move! Active Schools is Partnering with Sqord

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Sqord is another Activity Point closer to keeping kids active and fit!  We are so excited to announce a new and impactful partnership.  Let’s Move! Active Schools, part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, announced nine new partnerships today, and Sqord happens to be one of them!

Dedicated to ensuring that 60 minutes of physical activity a day for children is the new norm in K-12 schools across the country, Let’s Move! Active Schools equips schools with the resources and tools to increase physical education and physical activity.  Sqord is proud to be a part of this initiative!

“We’re thrilled to be part of such a high-impact initiative as Let’s Move! Active Schools, which fits so perfectly with our Sqord mission to provide a proven solution that gets kids active and healthy again through technology and gamification.” –Paul Sebastien, CEO, Sqord

Click here and here for more information about this exciting new partnership!

 

 

Sqord and Gear Up & Go! mentioned on Seattle’s NBC News

This post originally appeared on King5.com here with video included.

Wearable technology is exploding in popularity because more people want to use fitness trackers to keep them motivated. A number of products are developed here in Western Washington, like the Nike FuelBand, which was developed by Seattle company Synapse.

Redmond-based Sensoria makes shirts, socks and bras with sensors that are sewn into the clothing. The sensors in the socks send signals to a smartphone or smartwatch and coaches you on proper foot position. The fitness bra can track your heart rate. Because the heart rate monitor is built into the bra, you don’t have to worry about it moving around or getting loose.

Thousands of fifth graders in Snohomish County are wearing the Sqord PowerPod. As the student moves, the wristwatch translates that activity into digital points. They’re using the fitness trackers as part of the “Gear Up & Go” campaign. The more they move, the more points they earn. It’s turned into a friendly social competition for the kids.

Other fitness trackers can also track your sleep patterns and remind you to keep moving.

Synapse says wearable technology has come a long way in just a few short years.

“Well I think a funny fact is in 2004, McDonalds was giving away free pedometers in their salad meal, so today’s wearables are definitely smarter and a little bit more expensive. And a lot of them you see are on your wrist, but where they’re going is in your shoes, shirt and in your jewelry,” said Russel Stromberg, account director for Synapse.

Stromberg is working on way to use wearable technology to make your life easier. By using biometrics, the technology will allow you to someday start your car, help you order at restaurants or tell you when to stand up from your computer at work.

“The thing about wearables is, if I know what you are doing, I just do those things for you without you having to reach out to do them,” said Stromberg.

 

 

Columbia sweeps field in Gear Up & Go competition

This article originally appeared in the Mukilteo Beacon here

The students at Columbia Elementary are the school district champions in a friendly competition this year called Gear Up & Go, a county-wide initiative to get students active.

A large number of fifth graders throughout Snohomish County have been wearing a device on their wrists that looks something like a watch with a milky-white band. The device, called a Sqord PowerPod, has been measuring the activity of the students as they run, jump and play games.

In weekly head-to-head competition between Mukilteo elementary schools during the past eight weeks, Columbia swept the field with the highest percentage of students to sync their PowerPod, the highest average points earned during the week, and the greatest improvement in physical activity levels compared with the previous week.

Columbia was one of only two schools in Snohomish County to sweep all three categories within a school district and was the only school in the county to be undefeated in each of its eight match-ups with other schools.

Gear Up & Go was created by the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition to encourage healthy habits among fifth graers and to reverse a decline in healthy youth activity by coupling fitness with innovative technology that engages and entertains the students.

More than 95 percent of the elementary schools in Snohomish County are participating in the program.

Students wear the Sqord PowerPod like a wristwatch and, as the student moves, the pod translates that activity into digital points. The students can sync their PowerPods at their school, at any Snohomish County YMCA, or at other sites throughout the county.

With their points uploaded to Sqord’s online game platform, students can compare points and encourage their classmates with virtual High Fives.

Points are easy to earn. One step equals about three points, but there are any number of ways for a student to earn points. Doing the dishes or throwing a ball can earn points.

Students who earn 40,000 points per day are getting the recommended level of daily physical activity.

“The school match-ups provided PE and health teachers with the framework to motivate and energize their students,” said Scott Forslund, executive director of the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition. “What’s great about this is that we’re seeing variation in the numbers from district to district. Now we want to dive into the efforts behind those numbers to identify best practices.”

In winning the competition among Mukilteo elementary schools, an average of 71 percent of Columbia students synced their PowerPods. During the competition, they earned an average of 61,781 points per day, and had 49 students improve their points week over week.