A new line of pedometers called GeoPalz gives kids ages 5 to 12 a reason to turn off the TV and get active.
The rationale is simple: Kids clip the battery-operated pedometer onto their pants to count the number of steps taken each day. The GeoPalz keeps track of those steps, which can then be logged onto an interactive website. Kids earn one point for every mile they walk -- roughly 2,500 steps -- and then earn prizes like hacky sacks, Frisbees and even credits to PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. Parents pay shipping and handling for the prizes.
The site also tracks kids' progress and sends out virtual certificates when certain milestones are reached, such as logging 10,000 steps. Online updates are sent to parents to track their child's activity.
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With 24 designs, GeoPalz range from soccer balls to peace signs and guitars. The pedometer costs $19.99 and can be purchased at www.geopalz.com/store.
-- Lauren Redding, McClatchy-Tribune