Buffalo school students first to try new fitness gadgets

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Around 200 fifth graders from a couple of Buffalo Public Schools are now sporting new fitness gadgets. They’re part of the pilot program for the Nerf Energy Game Kit.

“This was a very fun event for me because I like exercising,” said Pride David, one of the fifth graders.  “And I like inspiring other people to like it too.”

These gadgets monitor and reward kids for getting up and moving. The more movement and energy the students burn, the more points the receive and then, the more time they’re allotted for playing a Nerf Video Game.

“It was amazing,” said David.

PS 94 is going head-to-head with PS 76 for the next six months.  They’ll be tracking their fitness using these gadgets and at the end of that time, they’ll determine which school is more active.

Parent’s feel promoting health this way is a good strategy.

“Fitness is a big part of our society these days,” said Rose Flanagan, a parent representative for PS 94. “Everybody knows for a kid to be educationally active, they have to be physically active and keep their mind moving.”

United Health foundation finds almost one-third of New York children aren’t getting up and moving enough. The foundation finds 32.4% of children in the state are overweight.

Through wearing these fitness gadgets, parents hope their young students will learn more about health and it’ll promote fitness, making it a permanent part of the kids’ lives.

“Hopefully they’ll stay physically active and help the other kids,” said Flanagan.

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