Tracking steps and creating fitness goals has become a part of kids daily routine.
“I usually get a lot of steps each day,” Jackson Senecal said. “The goal is 10,000 but since I get a lot my goal is like 13,000 each day.”
With 1 in 3 children being considered overweight or obese, parents aren’t complaining.
"It's good to know kids are not only my own kids but other kids in the community are challenging each other to be out, be active and I don't know it's better than sitting around playing video games in my book," Stephen Balgach about his two kids, who both wear Fit Bits.
It’s talk of the playground and inspiration for one set of brothers.
“My brother, he’s active and it puts a challenge to me,” said 10-year-old Michael Balgach. “Sometimes it’s a good way (to) try to get as active as we can.”
“I always try to beat my goal,” said 7-year-old Bradford Balgach. “It always rises up to try to get me more active.”
But it’s not all fun in games…
“It gives a fun rivalry between me and my brother” adds Michael. “And it’s fun to ask my friends during school how many steps do you have. What we’re trying to work towards is just being outside and being active and the goal is you get whoever gets the most steps in Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we add all those up and then whoever has the most steps gets a good $5.”
Right now Bradford is in the lead and there’s no sign of the competition ending any time soon.
“I think we’re doing it until at least mine or Mikey's Fit Bit breaks.”
If you want to get a couple steps in this weekend, join the NBC Connecticut team at the March of Dimes Run for Babies this Sunday at Rentschler Field and Run for Today. We’re just days away, but it’s not too late to sign up.
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