Published: 3 November 2020
Redbridge schools and residents are invited to join in the fun by downloading Street Tag, a free new smartphone app that offers rewards for being active.
Street Tag turns physical activities such as walking, running or cycling into a game where schools or community teams generate points by scanning virtual tags, which are dotted around the borough using their smart phone. The apps technology allows players to remain socially distanced, whist enabling them to contribute to their team’s points score though exercise in their neighbourhood.
Progress is then monitored through either a community or school leader board with the most active winning either cash prizes or vouchers. For more information, or to learn how to set up a community team, visit www.streettag.co.uk. School teams have their own leader board are encouraged to compete against other borough schools, sign up your school to Street Tag by visiting www.streettag.co.uk/schools
This new initiative is funded by Redbridge Council as part of its active travel and public health projects to motivate and support residents to improve health and wellbeing. It aims to help children and their families embed regular exercise into their daily lives, by helping them adopt a more active lifestyle through turning the boroughs outdoor spaces in to a giant virtual playground.
Cllr Mark Santos, Cabinet Member for Health, Social care, Mental Health and the Ageing, said:
“Street Tag is an ideal way to keep fit during lock down, as government guidelines allow outdoor daily exercise with people you live with, from your support bubble, or to meet one person from another household as long as you socially distance.
“Regular physical activity helps reduce the risk of a range of long term health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke, as well as helping to reduce stress and improve mental wellbeing.
“The Chief Medical Officer recommends that adults should take part in 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week, school age children should be active for 60 minutes every day.
“Walking and cycling as part of the new street tag challenge will help residents achieve their targets.”
To start playing Street Tag in your neighbourhood, simply:
- Install the app, create a community team and join the Redbridge leader board
- Earn Street Tag points from physical activities - by scanning virtual tags when walking, running, or cycling
- Get rewards/ win prizes such as cash prizes or vouchers.
Seun Oshinaike, Founder- Street Tag
“We are excited to be forging partnerships that help families and communities get physically active in a fun, sustainable and accessible way.”