During the 2010-2011 school year, students at two Dorchester public schools took part in the Step It Up Program. The Step it Up Program represents the combined efforts of Partners’ Center for Connected Health, Partners Community Benefit and DotWell to offer smart pedometers to second, third, and fourth-graders. More than 170 students and their teachers participated in this 16-week pilot program, clipping smart pedometers onto their shoes to record the number of steps taken. As they walked about the school, small computer-linked antennae picked up the step counts and forwardedthem to a database.

Step It Up is a relatively simple way to engage students in the fight against obesity, using healthy competition as a means of reaching students.