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Zamzee, My Family, and Making Exercise Fun

By Virna McKinney

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One day last April I walked my son William to his classroom on the second floor of his school. By the time we got to the top of the stairs, we were both out of breath. In that moment I really felt like a failure as a mom. Walking to his classroom on the second floor was a struggle that William had to face five days a week, at least three times a day. I knew I needed to do something to help both of us, and that’s why I started looking for a way to make exercising fun.

I found Zamzee by doing a Google search for a child’s activity monitor. Since I had just joined Weight Watchers a few days before, I decided to get one for myself and both my kids. William was eight and Taylor was five at the time. They were both really excited to get started. When their Zamzees were fully charged, they started doing jumping jacks. My kids and I set challenges and ran in the backyard, or took walks around the block. During the summer break we spent hours in the backyard kicking and chasing the soccer ball. We also bounced on the trampoline, hula hooped, and jumped rope.

Pretty soon, Taylor joined a cheer squad and William joined a basketball team. Because they had their sports practice on two different nights of the week, I decided to take advantage of this time by walking around the track for an hour. But the surprise occurred when each child opted not to watch their sibling practice, but instead walk the track with me. Taylor didn’t actually walk. She ran. FAST. So that made me run too, to keep up with her. On one of our walks I set a challenge for William, without knowing he wasn’t wearing his Zamzee. When we got home I told him to plug it in to see if he had met the challenge. He said, “I forgot to put it on it but that’s ok. It’s not about the points anyway. I needed to walk.” That was a proud mama moment for me.

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My Kids Before and After Zamzee

By Andrew Kardon, from Mommy’s Busy… Go Ask Daddy

Zamzee_FamilyI have pretty well rounded kids. They spend equal time playing Mario, Sonic, Minecraft and Plants vs. Zombies.

Yep, before I discovered Zamzee, my kids were videogame-oholics. My wife and I would occasionally drag the kids outside to play, take a walk or go for a bike ride. And every time, it was as painful as taking them to the dentist. All that whining, kicking and screaming. I didn’t think I’d ever be able to encourage them to stop hating anything that involved physical activity.

And then I introduced them to Zamzee.

This thing was apparently created for kids just like mine. They already were big fans of websites like Club Penguin, where you get to customize characters, earn points and “buy” all sorts of virtual items for your character. So when I showed my boys what Zamzee can do, they didn’t miss a beat.

“Look, daddy. I can get a dog for my guy!” Ryan said enthusiastically.

The avatars, badges and points you earn (and can spend) got both my boys hooked immediately. I swear, the first time we said we’d try it out, I never saw my kids get their shoes on so fast. Continue reading

Zamzee at Greenfield Hebrew Academy – we’re going to make it to A Million Minutes of Activity!

By Sue Loubser, Director of Technology at Greenfield Hebrew Academy

This morning, when I looked at our Zamzee Program View, I saw we had passed 860,000 minutes as our middle school moves towards our goal of one million minutes of activity recorded on our students’ Zamzee meters. I took a few moments to reflect on our year. I am pretty sure we will reach our goal by the end of May – just before the end of our school year – which will be awesome.

Along the way, we have had a visit from Ellen LaPointe of Zamzee, CBS ‘Fit Kids’ did a segment on our program, the Hawks Development team came to exercise with us, and LaVon Mercer, the first African American basketball player to represent Israel came to talk to our students and play some basketball with them. It’s all been pretty cool.

We have also learned a lot along the way. Our most engaged users are our younger students and our teachers. We have a core group of students who are in a Zamzee routine, and who regularly do their 60 minutes or more each day. We have a core group of teachers who egg each other on to do Challenges while they work towards earning gift cards! It is not uncommon to see them hopping and bopping in the hallways during lunch or recess as they take their challenges.

GHA student Bella, also known as 13CantorB (with over 119,00 Pointz!) wears her Zamzee on her sandal in Israel.

GHA student Bella, also known as 13CantorB (with over 119,00 Pointz!) wears her Zamzee on her sandal in Israel.

Our students have also zamzeed (our new verb) around the world. Right now, we have students in Israel, measuring their activity as they walk and hike through Israel. (It is not uncommon for them to exercise over 120 minutes a day when they are not spending in time in a classroom). Students have walked in New York, run in Washington D.C. and they are looking forward to jumping at Jekyll Island, on our organized field trips. Our headmaster’s meter has accompanied him on many runs and a few marathons, including the Jerusalem Marathon. 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,

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How to Get a Free Xbox

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pburdette stands in front of her Xbox!

The most popular item in the Zamzee Rewards shops is the Xbox 360 Console. Earn 21,000 Zamz and this sleek black beauty could be yours.

But new users often ask us, “Does anyone ever win an Xbox?”

Yes. Just this week, pburdette dropped 21,000 Zamz and we sent her an Xbox the very same day.

So how did she do it? We interviewed pburdette so you can learn her tricks and earn an Xbox yourself.

Zamzee: Hi pburdette. Congrats on winning the Xbox!

pburdette: Thanks! It feels great to have accomplished my goal.

Zamzee: No kidding! What are you planning to do with the Xbox? Do you have any favorite games?

pburdette: I am going to give the Xbox to my son and I am sure he will have a favorite game to play.

Zamzee: Wow, your son is super lucky to have a mom like you. Have you ever earned any small rewards on Zamzee, or have you saved all your Zamz for the Xbox?

pburdette: I saved ALL my Zamz for the Xbox because that’s what I really wanted. I’m not sure how long it took me to get enough Zamz, but I enjoy exercising so it didn’t seem like very long. 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!

Tips from Users: 7 Ways to be #1 on the Zamzee Leaderboard

So a little bird told us you want to be the leader of the Zamzee leaderboard. A worthy goal, young whippersnapper. But how do you earn enough Pointz to climb to the top? We’ve asked some of the top Zamzee users to share their tips and tricks about getting to be #1.

Let’s start with advice from JLeeBly. JLeeBly is #2 overall on the lifetime Zamzee leaderboards – impressive.

Tip #1: Upload Pointz Every Day

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JLeeBly says that “if someone is really looking to make it to the top, consistency is key. Make activity, and uploading, a daily habit.”

Have you discovered that you get bonus Pointz for uploading your Pointz every day, and every week? That’s what we call a consistency streak. The more days you upload in a row, the more bonus Pointz you’ll receive.

Tip #2: Compete with Friends and Siblings

JLeeBly uses Zamzee with a group of friends, which helps everyone to “push ourselves a little bit further than normal to be #1 for the day, the week, or overall.”

Before you can become #1 on the overall leaderboard, try just moving more than your little sister or best friend. You’ll earn mega bragging rights for being the top mover in your family, and you’ll be racking in the Pointz at the same time. Continue reading