Sqord Sqramble is On: 5 ideas to keep moving in Seattle

The 2017 Sqord Sqramble is underway! For the next four weeks, Sqord teams from around the country are competing in a virtual trek across the U.S.: from Seattle to San Francisco to Nashville to Chicago and finally landing in New York City.  Each team’s Sqord Activity Points will be converted into ‘distance’ gained, seeing who will reach each of our 6 cities first.  Every team earns a virtual badge in the Sqord app as they reach each destination. The overall Sqramble Champ will be crowned by being the first team to reach the Golden Gate bridge.

 

Some City Inspired Ideas

As teams start off on their wild adventure, here are some suggestions of unique ways you might earn Sqord points in each of those cities (or at least pretend you are).

Let’s start right here in Seattle.

Here’s five quick ideas of how you might move and play in the Emerald City.

  1. Take a hike…right in the middle of the city. The loop trail at  Discovery Park is nearly 3-miles long.  Not only do you get to tromp through forestland, but you can run right up on the shore of the Puget Sound or go dig in a big sand pit for a bit of extra playtime.
  1. Get on your bike. The Burke Gilman trail is a 90-mile paved bike path that runs along the Fremont Cut, through the University of Washington campus, alongside Lake Washington and all the way out to Bothell. It’s an easy and fun way to see all parts of the city.
  1. Jump on a kayak or a paddleboard. Seattleites love their water whether they are on Lake Union, Lake Washington or the Puget Sound. There’s no better way to take in the views while having some fun in the sun.
  1. Go climbing…inside. While Seattle is surrounded by majestic mountains like Mount Rainier and the Olympic Peninsula, indoor rock-climbing walls like the one at REI, make it a year-round activity.
  1. March to the Match. Before every home game, meet up in Occidental Park to join tons of other Sounders FC fans. Together, you can ‘march’ all the way to Century Link Field – chanting all the way.

 

Enjoy your adventure…see you in Boulder!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sqord Sqramble! Let’s get moving!!

Ready for an adventure? This week (April 17th) we are kicking-off off the Sqord Sqramble! , The Sqord Sqramble is a team based activity, your team’s activity will take you to 5 different cities across the United States in the first ever Sqord Sqramble!

How does it work?

  • Teams are racing to see how fast and far across the US they can go by May 15th. (If you are not part of a team email us at coach@sqord.com to create/join a team.)
  • Players move and earn points for their team.
  • When teams reach a specific average point amount, they arrive at a new city.
  • At each new destination, the admin is given a new average point goal for your team in order to reach the next city.
  • Players receive a PowerMe city logo after they arrive at each new destination.
  • Syncing is important! 1 sync a day earns players 7000 extra power boost points.
  • Teams that complete the entire race will receive a PowerMe Sqord Sqramble Finisher t-shirt (virtual) & bragging rights, of course!
  • All teams are automatically entered, an opt-out option will be provided.

What is the race route?

  • Seattle, WA (start)
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Nashville, TN
  • Chicago, IL
  • New York, NY (finish)

We are excited for the Sqord Sqramble and pumped to see all the activity.

Get Ready! Get Set! Go! See you at our first stop in San Francisco! 

 

Movement Madness has begun!

64 teams are competing in 4 different brackets: Sqweet 16, Orange, Green and Blue. We are seeing great competition across all programs across the country! Top winners will compete for the ultimate prize: SQORD’S MOVEMENT MADNESS TROPHY and of course, bragging rights! Sqord will be making a lot of “shout outs” on social media too, follow Sqord on Facebook and Instagram!

GET MOVING, GET SYNCING & WIN!

(updated Thursday, March 23, 2017)

The top Round 1 Scoring Team in the nation is Woodridge Elementary, Spokane, WA! They are well on their way to Round 2 – Elite 8. Photo below of the Woodridge Elementary team. Keep up the great activity!

The current standings for Movement Madness 2017 (week 2) are below:

CHAMPIONS BRACKET: 

BLUE BRACKET:

GREEN BRACKET:

ORANGE BRACKET:

Movement Madness details and qualifications: 

Each week our Coaches will send updated bracket summaries.  If you would like to check your standings, login here and view the “Milestones” tab. Teams are eager to compete and the competition will be fierce.  During the Movement Madness tourney, we will be highlighting teams on our social media pages.  Make sure to follow Sqord on Facebook and Instagram to be featured or learn about other teams playing.

Every participating team will have a spring break over the course of the competition.  We encourage you to help your players stay active when school is out.  Have them sync on a mobile device if they can. It all counts!

Highest average weekly sync rate (1 sync a day earns players 7000 extra points) and highest average activity points. Weekly competitions will run on Tuesdays through Mondays. Weekly winners will move on to play in the next bracket.  There will also be an alternate bracket, for those that would like to continue competing and are unable to move on.

Sqweet 16 teams will receive a Limited Edition Sqord Basketball.  Top winners will compete for the ultimate prize: SQORD’S MOVEMENT MADNESS TROPHY and of course, bragging rights!  Sqord will be making a lot of “shout outs” on social media too!

 GET MOVING, GET SYNCING & WIN!

A Family that Sqords Together

(this article was first published in Providence Heart Beat, a publication of Providence Health Care)

The Sqord activity program for elementary school students in Spokane and Stevens counties has had unanticipated rewards that extend well beyond the classroom.

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“When my daughter was given a Sqord, I quickly realized I wanted one as well,” says Pamela Starbuck, whose daughter Eliana is a student at Jeerson Elementary.  Pamela bought Sqord trackers for herself and her younger daughter so the three could enjoy family competition.

“My mom’s in third place,” Eliana shares. “She has more points than Mrs. Goodey.” (Sarah Goodey is a fitness and health specialist with Spokane Public Schools.)

“My daughters definitely come home from school sweatier than before the Sqord project,” Pamela says. “They are naturally early risers, but now they get extra points for dressing and straightening up the house before school.”

Healthy doses of exercise have become part of the family’s routine. Eliana’s father, Scott, is an avid Sqord supporter and has taken up distance cycling as part of his fitness regimen. “We’re making activity a family goal and encouraging each other,” Pamela says. “We even became a one-car family and now walk whenever possible.”

Fighting Childhood Diabetes Through Fun

Childhood obesity has been the leading health concern in kids for a number of years for good reason. According to a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association, the percentage of children ages 6 to 11 years in the United States who were considered obese increased from 7 percent in 1980 to nearly 18 percent in 2012. The percentage of kids ages 12 to 19 who were considered obese increased from 5 percent to nearly 21percent over the same period.

Associated health risks

Exacerbating the concern over childhood obesity are the greater health risks that come with obesity, such as Type 2 diabetes. Traditionally, Type 2 diabetes was referred to as “adult diabetes” given that it is often associated with inactivity and obesity. But now that we see greater levels of obesity in kids, and decreased activity levels as screens occupy more of kids’ days, Type 2 diabetes has become a true childhood concern. In fact, childhood diabetes has increased by nearly 30 percent in the past 15 years. Most children who develop Type 2 diabetes have a family member with the disease:

  • 45–80 percent have a parent with Type 2 diabetes
  • 74–90 percent report at least one affected first- or second-degree relative

First Lady’s program inspires kids to move

New programs help shine a spotlight on the need to get kids up and moving more during their tween and teen years. First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative has inspired efforts in schools and neighborhoods to get kids up and moving. In fact, 11 million kids attend schools that are part of the Let’s Move! Active Schools program where they strive to make 60 minutes of physical activity a day the norm. The NFL’s Play 60 campaign leverages the power of celebrity to encourage active play for at least an hour a day, building greater awareness and encouragement to get up and play.

Even with these initiatives, kids are still drawn to screens and virtual worlds as their go-to sources for play.

Sqord inspires play away from a screen

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What if you could take kids’ love for video games and turn it on its head in a way that encourages them to get outside and play together in the real world?

Sqord is trying to do just that. One part social community, one part fitness tracker, one part game – Sqord tracks movement in the real world and converts it into Sqord Activity Points that kids can use in the Sqord app to unlock cool new features such as messaging and sending high-fives to friends, upgrading their PowerMe avatars and much more. Learn more about the activity benefits of Sqord.

Keeping kids active is one of the best ways to fight childhood diabetes. And while National Diabetes Month serves as a reminder of the importance for getting outside and moving, Sqord is a new way to motivate active play every single day.

Sqord is now available on Amazon individually or in dual packs that encourage real world play with friends.

Learn more about diabetes in children:

American Diabetes Association Preventing Type 2 Diabetes in Children

Providence Oregon Healthy Kids Program

Swedish Diabetes Education Center

Seahawks CJ Prosise challenges kids across Washington to ‘come play’

Football season is in full swing.  What better way to celebrate than by partnering up with a new star Seahawks player  to encourage playing together.

In partnership with Premera, Sqord is kicking off the “Come Play with C.J” challenge with Seahawks running back C.J. Prosise.

Over the next 4 weeks, C.J. will visit select schools in Washington encouraging kids to get out and play with other kids, building their physical activity levels using Sqord Activity Pods and Game App.

In addition, he’s offering a way to for kids across the state of Washington to play with him too.

Come Play with CJ Challenge

C.J. himself is wearing a Sqord Activity Pod racking up his Activity Points.  Each day, kids across the state of Washington can try and beat his Daily Activity Point level. Kids who opt-in to participate in the ‘Come Play with CJ” Challenge through the Sqord Game App will be eligible to win a Grand Prize pack, courtesy of Premera, that includes Seahawks tickets, gear and a meet/greet with CJ himself. See the full rules here.

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CJ a tremendous athlete.  But it’s his work ethic and belief in the power of playing together that makes him the perfect Sqord ambassador.

We’re excited to play with him this year. We hope you’ll come play with him too.
Go Seahawks!

Fall promotion gives families a way to play together and win together

This fall, we’re encouraging more families to get out and play together.

Sqord is all about encouraging group play as a way to build healthier kids – – physically, socially and emotionally.  One part social community, one part fitness tracker, one part game:  Sqord tracks movement in the real world and converts it into Activity Points.  Kids can use those points in the Sqord App to unlock cool new features such as messaging and sending high 5’s to friends, upgrading their PowerMe avatars and much more.  

Kids can compete with their friends  – or the world – in head to head challenges on the Sqord leaderboard, encouraging friendly competition and motivation.  And it all happens in a 100% safe, easy and fun experience built just for them.  

But why not get parents in on the action too?   

To celebrate the launch of our Family Pack, we’re giving families a chance to win together too.

Enter the Sqord Family Playstakes

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Starting today, you can enter to win a Family Playfest in San Diego and a Sqord Family Pack.  With this pack of 4 new Activity Pods, families can create some extra fun and competition while splashing in the waves, enjoying LEGOLAND or exploring Seaport Village!

Fall into Family Fitness

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Yesterday marked the first day of fall!  As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, don’t ‘fall’ into the habit of letting your family fitness goals go by the wayside.  Read about Sqord’s favorite ways to stay active during Autumn:

Make the most of the cool weather: The brilliant colors of the changing leaves and the autumn chill in the air is a magical combination for fun family hikes, bike rides, and walks.  Wear your Sqord Pods and see how many Activity Points your family can score!

Have some festive fun: Weave in and out of corn mazes for every level of adventure or play at the pumpkin patch!  Challenge your kids to find the oddest sized pumpkin and get some exercise by searching the far end of the patch.

Squash the rainy day blues: Who says you can’t continue some of your family’s beloved summer activities in the fall?  Take a trip to a local indoor pool!  Bonus: your Sqord Pod can get wet, so don’t worry about taking it off for your cannonballs!  Or, visit a local roller skating or ice skating rink.

5 Benefits of Team Sports

Today’s blog post is courtesy of Sqord’s Customer Ops Intern,  Anastasia Erofeeva.  As a former Washington state and regional gymnastics champion, she understands the hard work, dedication, and time it takes to be an athlete and team player, and she wants to share what she has learned with parents and kids.  

The beginning of a new school year is an exciting time, full of learning, friendships, and goal-setting.  It is also an excellent time to try new things, such as joining a club or a team sport.  Not only are team sports a great way to earn Sqord Activity Points and keep children active during the school year, they also provide numerous learning opportunities and benefits that will last a lifetime. Here are just a few of them:

1.  Keeps Kids Moving:

Team sports provide a reliable, consistent and fun way for kids to exercise.  According to KidsHealth, regular exercise helps kids become stronger and healthier, reducing their risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and more.  Furthermore, studies have shown that active children are more likely to become active (and healthy!) adults.

2.  Academic Achievement:

Through participation in team sports, children learn valuable skills such as dedication, commitment, problem-solving, and an understanding that hard work leads to good results. These skills transfer from sports to the classroom, resulting in higher grades and an improved academic performance. In addition, team sports introduces kids to the art of creating your own balance and building great organization and time management skills, helping them balance homework, sports, family time, and rest.

3.  Teamwork:

The ability to work together towards a common goal is an essential part of team sports, as well as an important life skill.  Participation in team sports allows kids to make lasting friendships, develop communication skills, feel a sense of community, and learn to respect their teammates and coaches.  Additionally, being part of a team teaches children the importance of being a responsible and reliable team member.

4.  Confidence:

When kids see practice pay off, they gain confidence to work towards achieving their goals.  Team sports offer ample opportunities for participants to show off their skills, allowing them to see the results of their work and feel pride in their team’s accomplishments.  This helps children build self-esteem and have a positive outlook

5.  Life Lessons:

In addition to all of these benefits, participating in team sports provides children with the opportunity to learn patience, perseverance, hard work, and how to have a positive approach to setbacks.  Team sports helps put winning into perspective, showing kids that it is not the most important thing in sports.  Young athletes learn good sportsmanship, and how to make each game/meet/performance/event a learning opportunity, all while having fun and practicing a sport they enjoy!

Lastly, don’t forget to encourage your kiddos to wear their Sqord Pods while participating in team sports!  Learn how many Sqord Activity Points are generated by different types of exercise and movement!

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!

Click here to read more about it!