UNICEF's Kid Power Bands Empower Kids to Do Good for Others

By: Laura McQuarrie - Apr 7, 2015
References: unicefkidpower.org & mashable
Kid Power is an initiative from UNICEF that tackles two problems at once: child obesity and malnourished children in developing countries. Despite seeming like two problems on opposite sides on the scale, the Kid Power program launched across major US cities in March, involving over 10,000 kids who took part in learning about healthy living. Armed with their own wearable wristbands, each child's physical activity was tracked over the course of 30 days. UNICEF outlined that a full day of activity equals about 12,000 steps, and when a kid earned enough "Kid Power Points," a child in the developing world would receive a Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food package on their behalf.

Although there are many wearables for kids that are solely focused on tracking location, Kid Power puts a lot more responsibility in the hands of kids. Judging by the popularity of fitness trackers for adults, this wearable band from UNICEF will be a great help in keeping kids active.