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Harrow Council team up with new app to ‘get residents fit and active’

Harrow Council have teamed up with Street Tag – a family friendly app that launched today that will help residents get out explore the borough.

The app, which can be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple App Store, will also give Harrow residents the chance to win Tesco shopping vouchers worth up to £100.

Street Tag will “turn the parks and streets of Harrow into a virtual playground, with tag points up for grabs as residents explore their local area” say Harrow Council.

The app is designed to reward schools, families, individuals and communities for keeping active – whilst making physical activity fun by converting walking, running, and cycling into Street Tag points (tags).

Residents can compete in teams or go at it alone to top the leaderboard and win prizes. Points are earned by actively walking, running or cycling to and from places, in addition to collecting virtual tags that have been scattered throughout the community. Tags can also be found on school routes, in local parks, at local events.

Every 12 weeks, those earning the most points while collecting virtual tags will win a prize. There is also a bi-monthly prize draw, where 300 virtual tags need to be collected and 40,000 steps the two months.

 

Harrow residents can win prizes, whilst getting healthy! Credit: Harrow Online

Cllr Pritesh Patel, Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Public Health said: “We all know about the benefits of regular exercise, but sometimes we need a little encouragement.

“Street Tag is a great way to motivate families, children and young people to both explore the borough and get active together.”

To help you get involved and earn points from everyday activities you could turn your work or school commute into a game, go out for walks with the family to explore the local area or even just walk the dog.

As the app runs in the background, there is no need to worry about bringing out your phone. It will automatically collect tags in a 40-metre radius allowing you to focus.

In addition to the app, we also see the launch of Harrow leagues for both schools and the general public.

As an extra incentive to get started, prizes will be awarded to top 15 players across both leagues, after the first 12 weeks of the program.

You can start collecting points whenever you come within 40 metres of tags. The further you travel to find them, the more points generated.

Source: Harrow Council