City Trail will allow for parents and children(ages 6-10 years old) to ensure fitness activities and goals are addressed through collecting data(on mobile and smartwatch) about fitness activities in a gamified manner, while allowing individuals learn about geography through travel. Parents, children, and their peers will set goals to meet in order to go to the next level, called a trail, in City Trail. Participants will have a collective goal to accomplish their personal goals together each day. As a result, they will be awarded to discover and learn about a new part of the world and go on a journey together.
According to WHO, childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century - a problem that is now gradually affecting many low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings. We plan to create a product that will use wearable technology to foster healthy habits amongst children in early years of their lives. According to National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) the rate of childhood obesity has almost tripled since 1980, with one out of six children now clinically obese. For the government agencies, obesity poses a heavy burden on taxpayers’ coffers. Reuters is reporting that obesity in America is now adding an astounding $190 billion to the annual national healthcare price tag, exceeding smoking as public health enemy number one when it comes to cost.
City Trail will aim to gamify self-tracking activities such as walking and running to keep children participants engaged and continuously use the wearable device.
The team also came together to identify ways to apply City Trail with their families and sibling(s), especially for the outdoor activities that they frequently engage in such as hiking and biking.
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