Zamzee Tackles Childhood Obesity
Developed by HopeLab, Zamzee is an activity meter that measures movement using a three-axis accelerometer and uploads physical activity data to a motivational game-based website. Zamzee.com allows kids to view their activity levels, earn points for movement, achieve goals, and select rewards. In a study, kids using the Zamzee activity meter and website showed an average increase in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) of 59% – or approximately 45 additional minutes of MVPA per week – compared to the control group. This impact persisted throughout the six-month study period. Significant increases in physical activity were seen across a number of key groups at risk for sedentary behavior, including a 27% increase in MVPA among overweight participants (BMI >25) and a 103% increase in MVPA among girls.