Laura Secord Beats the Street

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Sandy James, our walking correspondent (right), reports on how a Vancouver elementary school won a global competition:

In many places it is common practice to drop the kids off at school by car.  With the need for increased physical activity to counter the obesity trends, Dr. William Bird with Intelligent Health in Great Britain created the Global Beat The Street competition.  

By developing a “game” using RFID (radio frequency readers called “Beat Boxes”), an online website records in real time a student’s walk to school. The Beat Boxes are attached to light poles in the four directions coming into the school, and each student has a card or fob with a small chip to record their distances.

Children walking in to school can accumulate points and then look at the website on real time to see how many points they have, and then compare their walks to those of other…

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