Living Streets, the UK charity which runs the biggest walk to school project in the country, has launched the new WOW Activity Tracker to help children stay active while schools remain closed to most pupils.
The Tracker allows children to log their daily physical activity, whether that’s a walk with family or skipping at home. Children who meet the level of activity set by their school will be given a monthly badge award.
The WOW Activity Tracker is based on the charity’s award-winning WOW Travel Tracker, which monitors how pupils travel to school, prompts behaviour change and rewards those who walk, cycle or scoot.
The WOW Activity Tracker is available to primary children at the 2,000 schools taking part in WOW, Living Streets’ year-round walk to school challenge. Pupils who are still attending school can use the WOW Activity Tracker in the classroom.
Sport England data released this month showed a 22% increase in the number of children going for a walk last summer. Living Streets has launched the WOW Activity Tracker to encourage children and families to keep walking.
Mary Creagh, Chief Executive, Living Streets said:
“With schools, leisure centres and swimming pools closed, walking is vital to helping keep children mentally and physically well during lockdown.
“Walking is simple, cheap and is free to all. Many of us have rediscovered the joys of walking throughout the pandemic. We hope the WOW Activity Tracker will inspire children to keep walking during lockdown – and beyond.”