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The Top 10 Zamzee Blog Posts of 2013

On the Zamzee blog, we document the scientific research behind Zamzee, our efforts to fulfill our mission of improving kids’ health, and fun stories and ideas about families getting active. Looking back at the most popular posts of 2013, it’s clear that Zamzee Blog readers are interested in the full spectrum of physical activity. But what’s the most popular? Here are the 10 most-read blog posts of 2013:

1.) 5 Playground Games from Around the World

Topping the charts of 2013 was a fun blog post about playground games from around the world. Look no further if you are looking for inspiration on how to spice up your kids’ backyard play: these games will have you moving, laughing, and earning mega-Pointz on your Zamzee meters!

2.) What’s the Difference Between a Pedometer, an Accelerometer and a Zamzee?

The second most popular blog post of 2013 was a short and sweet piece explaining the difference between pedometers, accelerometers and a Zamzee. If you’re new to Zamzee and activity trackers in general, this post is a great starting point for understanding more about your options for tracking your physical activity.

3.) Using Technology to Modernize Physical Education (P.E.)

A personal favorite of the Zamzee staff, this guest blog post by Cindy Sisson Hensley takes a look ahead at how technology can transform physical education to make school P.E. more engaging for today’s kids. Continue reading

The Best of Zamzee 2013

2013 was a big year for Zamzee as we pursued our quest to improve kids’ health by making physical activity more fun. We launched our healthcare business and built new enterprise products to help motivate, measure and manage physical activity. Here are the highlights:

The year started out with our first-ever Zamzee original music video, created for us by a Zamzee user in high school and her little sister.

Meanwhile, all the Zamzee users were moving and taking Zamzee Challenges to earn Zamz. In March, pburdette became the first Zamzee user to earn a free XBox in 2013!

Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 10.37.56 AMEvery month, new Zamzee group programs were being launched in healthcare settings and schools across the country. And in June, the students at Greenfield Hebrew Academy in Atlanta, Georgia recorded over one million minutes of physical activity with their Zamzee meters! Way to go, GHA! Continue reading

A Holiday Ode to HopeLab

Every year in December, we have the opportunity to spend quality time with our friends and family. We reminisce over past milestones, whether it’s a child’s graduation or a winning science fair project. As we thought about this tradition at Zamzee, we realized we, too, have an family member we want to commemorate. HopeLab.

HopeLab is the nonprofit research organization that created Zamzee. Their mission is to use the power and appeal of technology to improve the health of kids. Like any proud kid who wants to brag about the work of their parents, we want to tell you about some of HopeLab’s accomplishments from 2013.

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This year HopeLab launched Re-Mission 2, a collection of online games that help young people with cancer fight their disease. Continue reading

Zamzee for Groups Program Curriculum Launched Today

ZamzeeCurriculumToday we announced a new product launch, the Zamzee for Groups Program Curriculum! The Program Curriculum is a complete syllabus for increasing physical activity presented in a lesson-plan-style format that is teachable by any instructor using Zamzee for Groups. It makes it even easier for program leaders to use Zamzee to motivate, measure and manage physical activity.

Over the course of 2013, Zamzee piloted our group program in hospital clinics, schools and community programs. We worked closely with program leaders to use Zamzee to help improve kids’ health. After integrating the learnings from our pilots, in October we launched Zamzee for Groups. Zamzee for Groups is a powerful reporting system which makes it easy for program leaders to get accurate data about physical activity and motivate kids to move more.

After the launch of Zamzee for Groups, we continued to monitor our programs and consider ways we could make it even easier for program leaders to use technology to increase physical activity. The Zamzee for Groups Program Curriculum was developed to help instructors quickly get their Zamzee for Groups programs up and running. It makes it simple to use Zamzee to kickstart a physical activity program or strengthen an existing class. Continue reading

Zamzee Builds a KaBOOM! Playground

On Thursday, we joined forces with KaBOOM! for our first playground build.

On Thursday, we joined forces with KaBOOM! for our first playground build.

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We were pretty excited, and the school was, too!

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And there was a lot of work to do…

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It’s a good thing we had coffee!

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Zamzee Home Video #1: My Avatar and Me

Zamzee’s 2013 summer interns, Tom Bartlett and Jack Wiefels, go on a magical adventure where they learn how to use Zamzee, meet a “real” avatar, and encounter the all-knowing Zed. Find out how Zamzee works in this goofy and fun home video!

It’s Finally Here! Introducing “Zamzee for Groups”

The wait is over, and we can finally tell you what’s been happening behind-the-scenes lately at Zamzee!

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For the past 6 months, Zamzee has been developing a robust group program to help you manage, measure and motivate physical activity. After piloting this program extensively with healthcare and school partners, it’s finally ready to be released to the public – to you!

So what is it? Zamzee for Groups is designed to get kids and their parents physically active, and to give program leaders tools to optimize the Zamzee experience for their participants.

Group Leaders can manage physical activity through the Group Dashboard, which is exclusive to Zamzee for Groups. They can set up reports to organize classes and sub-groups in their Dashboard. With accurate movement data at their fingertips, leaders can have evidence-backed conversations with kids about their real physical activity habits and how to get moving. Of course, all Zamzee for Groups participants get Zamzee meters and access to Zamzee’s award-winning motivational website, which is designed to make moving fun. Continue reading

Zamzee Customer Service

If you ever have a question or problem with your Zamzee, you can email zed@zamzee.com or call (855) 771 – 3148. Amy Shakoori usually acts as the Voice of Zed, and she meets some pretty great Zamzee users. Just check out her conversation with one of our users below.

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Amy and Zed talk Justin Bieber in their downtime.

Hi Zed,

I think I have loved my Zamzee to death–literally. I am sad to report that my Zamzee passed away on Sunday. We had so many great adventures together. We played lacrosse, basketball, football, scootered and rode bikes together. My Zamzee did not survive our last adventure though–jumping on the trampoline. I am hoping to replace my Zamzee so that we can continue to have many fabulous adventures together. Would you pease let me know how to replace my dear Zamzee?

Thank you,

Ryan Continue reading

Zamzee News, Reviews and Press (Spring 2013 Update)

  1. In late December we received a great Christmas present: Zamzee was featured by the Grey Lady!
  2. Probably the only thing sweeter than a New York Times article is all the customer feedback we’ve received lately. Kids (and parents!) are loving their Zamzees.
  3. @Zamzee giving two out for gifts! Merry Christmas Zamzee team! You changed our life!
  4. Okay Dylan is loving his “race car clip”. AKA his @Zamzee. This kid has been running around like, well, a race car for the last 15 min.
  5. @Zamzee @AccordingToMags even with morning temps of 18F, I’m still doing my ‘take the next station & walk to work’ routine 😉 zammin it up!

A Zamzee Thanksgiving Play in One Act

Main Characters:

Nina Gannes: Content & Social Media Manager

Lance Henderson: Chief Executive Officer

Scene:

The day before Thanksgiving at the Zamzee office. Noon.

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Nina: Hey Lance!

Lance: Hi Nina.

N: Um, are you working right now?

L: Yes. (pause) Did you have a question?

N: Well…see I was thinking the Zamzee staff could write a play about all the things we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving.

L: A…play?

N: Yeah, you know, like Shakespeare. Except I think because it’s just you and me it’ll have to be more like “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.”

L: Meaning? Continue reading