What fitness trackers do we use?
When we started out in 2014, we researched online looking for not only affordable fitness trackers that we could provide the kids in our Fly Movement program, but for some sort of health technology dashboard that could group all the kids’ fitness data. (As you can see we are not tech geeks, but I wish we were). Since we envisioned working with several schools and hundreds of 3rd and 4th grade students, we needed an online solution that allowed us to form teams among different schools and classrooms. We wanted to be able to download data into Excel spreadsheets so we could ‘slice and dice’ data. Being able to do this, for example, allows us to see which gender moves more – boys or girls? Or what day of the week do kids move the most – Friday or Saturday?
At first we thought the big players in the fitness tracker industry like Garmin or Fitbit would have this type of platform. But we were wrong. While these wearable trackers are great for individuals, they did not provide the kind of health technology platform we needed to launch Fly Movement. We even considered ordering cheap fitness trackers from China and having a software developer create the kind of application we needed. But with lack of funds, that wasn’t feasible. Finally. we discovered Movbands, but in particularly DHS group who not only sold basic fitness trackers, but had the kind of health technology platform we were looking for.
We use Movband 2 fitness trackers from DHS
The Movband 2 fitness tracker from DHS Group is a simple and affordable fitness tracker. It retails for $29.99 and uses accelerometer technology to track movements. Here are the features and benefits I directly pulled from their website:
FEATURES & BENEFITS
Movband 2 features include:
- Wristworn style
- Syncs via USB
- 40 day battery life with rechargeable battery
- Rechargeable battery
- Connects to the HealthSpective Engage Dashboard to track progress, connect with groups, and join fun & effective challenges
- Receive a discount when using promo code ‘FLYSaves’
Exponential Impact (The Health Technology Dashboard we use from DHS Group)
This is a glimpse of the fitness dashboard we use. When we synchronize the Movband trackers the kids are using via USB to a laptop, we can view their progress, connect them with other groups, and download their data onto Excel spreadsheets where we can then slice the data, create fun infographics, and share their progress via our newsletter and social media.
This technology dashboard is not limited to Movband trackers. Although I have never tried using it with another wearable fitness tracker like a Fitbit or Garmin, it can work with other trackers. Also, DHS has newer models of their Movbands which you can see here.
How long do the Movbands tracker last?
In our experience running the Fly Movement program and kids utilizing the trackers 24/7 (our kids’ health program is six weeks long), the Movband 2 trackers on average last 12 – 18 weeks (2-3 Fly Movement programs). Keep in mind, kids from a variety of backgrounds ages 7 through 9 are using our trackers which are being synchronized once a week. We’ve had some Movbands that have lasted through four programs while others only survived two programs before not functioning again. If you decide or order the Movband or any other products from DHS, use promo code ‘FLYSaves’ for a 10% discount.
The Movband (wristband) that holds the Movband tracker generally lasts for only one program as the kids put a lot of wear and tear on them. These cost $4.99 and can be found here.
If you have any further questions about our kids’ fitness program, please visit our help center where you will find other FAQs.