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About | Meckids

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MECKids—Using Gamification and Incentives to Keep Kids Engaged

 

 

Kids are glued to games on their tablets and smart phones. Too much time sitting on the couch can result in not enough physical exercise, and in extreme cases, can lead to obesity. Getting kids to disengage in their games and become interested in their own health and fitness is no easy task.

 

This was the challenge that Fran Bishop faced when she decided to take up this worthwhile cause. The inspiration for her next organization, MECKids, came from a single phone call. Lisa Perez, an overweight 16-year-old, called about one of Fran’s corporate fitness programs. She had mistakenly thought that the corporate $499 program was under $5.00.

 

Fran started to think about how difficult it must have been for a 16-year-old to make that call. That intention was the first step to getting healthy. Wouldn’t it be great to offer an online platform where kids could track their own health and fitness goals? It would be a community where they could communicate safely about their new health habits. That’s how MECKids was born. The M stands for Motivating, the E for Educating, and the C for Connecting.

 

Rewards for New and Better Habits

 

Through focus groups and suggestions from the MECKids advisory board, it soon became apparent that the same gamification and incentive techniques used in kids’ must-have games could be used to make MECKids engaging. As kids fill out their electronic journals and track their health and fitness goals, they can get points that earn gift certificates, online certificates of merit, badges, and gifts. There are also incentives for teachers who inspire their students.

 

The program assists by allowing shy, introverted students to share quietly with everyone how they are doing and be proud of their progress. I use the social network to keep track, encourage, and support all students. The nutritional information supports what I teach in health and gives a snapshot of each student’s wellness level.

 

Do you know someone who needs MECKids? Visit us at www.meckids.com to start your pathway to a bright future today!

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H2O Intolerant | Meckids

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Soda can be more inexpensive and convenient than a bottle of Aqaufina™ . Dehydration can cause fatigue, dizziness, headaches, acne, and a general weakness. I have found that even drinking a cup of water with your breakfast- instead of my  usual juice- wakes me up and makes me feel just as energized as if I had a cup of coffee. The dreaded “Eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day” rule makes drinking water sound like a chore. However, I have learned a plethora of tips to help make drinking water easier.

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Neila Rey: Fitness Extraordinaire | Meckids

Neila Rey: Fitness Extraordinaire | Meckids | MECKids | Scoop.it
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If you’re a geek for anything relating to comic books or superheroes, then do I have a workout for you! Not only is it quick and easy to execute, but it works out every muscle in your body, making it perfect for busy bees who want to stay in shape. The best part? The creator of the workouts, Neila Rey, based each of her fitness plans off of a famous superhero or comic book figure.

 
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Workout! | Meckids

Workout! | Meckids | MECKids | Scoop.it
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MECKids has created workouts for every kid, of every stamina.

Finding workouts can be difficult for beginners. MECKids provides a new move every week for children to make their own workout routine in the comfort of their own home, or wherever they choose to bust a move!

Our mission is to encourage our children to participate in these easy exercises on a daily basis, and record it in our portal. It’s important to help kids start healthy learning early, and build a healthy foundation for the rest of their lives.

Here’s how we do it.
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