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Gear Up & Go!

NWCPHP collaborated with Gear Up and Go! (GUGO), a physical activity initiative created by the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition that utilizes Sqord wrist band accelerometers and an interactive dashboard website to engage fifth-grade students in physical activity.

Gear Up & Go!

The NWCPHP evaluation team collaborated with Gear Up and Go! (GUGO), a physical activity initiative created by the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition that utilizes Sqord wrist band accelerometers and an interactive dashboard website to engage fifth-grade students in physical activity, with the goal of improving the overall health of Snohomish children and those throughout the county. GUGO is a county-wide initiative to support healthy fitness at a point in these student’s lives when lifestyle and cognitive development is critical.

The evaluation consisted of gathering information, advice and opinions from teachers and students who participated in the pilot program of the GUGO initiative during the 2013-2014 school years. The team used various methods to gather feedback about student and teachers’ experience with the program through:

  • Interviews with teachers from top performing schools
  • A web-based survey disseminated to teachers at all participating schools
  • Focus groups with one high achieving fifth grade class

By engaging with these various stakeholders in the GUGO program, the evaluation team gathered feedback about program implementation, best practices for engaging students, teachers and staff, immediate and short-term impacts of the program on physical activity, and suggestions for improving and sustaining the program.

The NWCPHP evaluation team produced a report summarizing the key findings. Teachers reported that the program was easy to implement into existing curriculum and technology tools were helpful in their success. Teachers offered many examples of the positive effects of the program, such as encouraging less active students to move more and creating camaraderie among school staff. By supporting students and staff, and addressing these technological challenges, the GUGO program could be improved for future cohorts of students.

Project Team

Luann D’Ambrosio, MEd
Associate Director

Megan Rogers, MS
Evaluation Specialist

Past Contributors

Elizabeth Medeiros, MPHc
Research Assistant

Kelsey Stefanik-Sidener
Research Assistant