Ten days ago I received an email in my inbox about Fitbit’s fitforgood. I hadn’t heard anywhere about this activity but upon going to the Fitbit website I found that it was actually a fun way to be motivated and help a good cause. And before I continue, yes, fitforgood is all one word and all under case. At least, most of the time. The Fitbit website alternates.
The fitforgood Challenge
Imagine all the people using their Fitbits every day like the woman in this picture. That is tens of billions of steps per week. What if you could put those steps to a good use. This is where fitfor good comes in.
Fitbit set aside one million dollars to go to charity but their method for deciding what charity the money goes to is a little different. They want users to determine by how many steps they take. From the 9th of November until the 20th Fitbit users have the option to choose a charity to donate their steps to. The charity with the most steps wins the largest piece of the donation money.
The fitforgood Charities
Here are the three charities that are participating in the event:
American Heart Association
An organization dedicated to building a world without the worry of heart diseases or strokes.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
An organization that focuses on providing research and resources to fighting the disease known as multiple sclerosis.
American Diabetes Association
An organization that focuses on aiding those who have disabilities and improving their lives.
The fitforgood Charity Prizes
The fitforgood prizes are determined in a standard contest method. The 1 million dollars will be split between the three charities with the winner getting the most money and the charity with the least steps, getting the least amount.
First Prize $500,000
Second Prize $350,000
Third Prize $150,000
My fitforgood Choice and Status
I am supporting the American Heart Association. My family has a history of heart-related problems, including my birth mother passing away due to a heart related problem. Additionally, the AHA has provided some of my first aid/CPR training in the past. It’s an agency that I have some experience with.
As of my last sync I contributed 93,296 steps. Fitbit informs me that that is the equivelant to walking around the Coney Island Boardwalk 18 times.
With about a day and a half left in the competition I am happy to say that the American Heart Association is winning with 8.625 billion steps. This is about 41% of the current 21.133 billion steps that have been taken already in the competition. The other two charities are neck and neck with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society taking a 1% lead over ther American Diabetes Association.