A new tech and fitness program from UNICEF is inspiring American kids to get active while helping to fight global malnourishment.
What's being coined as the first "wearable tech for good," 10,000 elementary school students in Dallas, Boston and New York City are donning fitness bands to track the number of steps they take in a day, earning food kits for malnourished children along the way.
Getting kids active while saving young lives at the same time? It's an absolute win-win.
The participating students' physical activity is monitored by UNICEF's "Kid Power" fitness bands, with 12,000 steps getting traded in for one packet of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food, a specially designed protein and vitamin-rich paste that saves the lives of children suffering from acute malnourishment.
As explained on the UNICEF website:
"Kids wear Kid Power Bands, which measure their movement and unlock Kid Power Points—the more they move, the more points they earn. Power Points are converted to funding by partners, and funds are used by UNICEF to deliver lifesaving packets of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) to severely malnourished children."
According to UNICEF, students engaged with Kid Power are 55 percent more active than their peers. For more information on Kid Power and to donate to the cause, click here.