Gear Up & Go! is a Snohomish County-wide initiative that will encourage students to be more active and foster a lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle. It aims to reverse the decline of youth activity levels, starting with 7,000 local fifth-grade students. Student will receive Sqord PowerPods to track their activity and a free YMCA of Snohomish County school-year membership.
"To my knowledge, this is the first time such an extensive effort has ever been undertaken in Snohomish County to encourage an entire group of children to get more physically active," said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, health officer for the Snohomish Health District.
Students from Darrington, Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Index, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Northshore, Snohomish, Stanwood-Camano, and Sultan school districts are participating.
Verdant Health Commission, Premera Blue Cross, Providence General Foundation, and Precor Premium Fitness Equipment have also donated to the project.
Find out more at gearupandgo.org.
Read the article, “7,000 students getting monitors to encourage activity, fitness,” in The Herald.