Oakland, California (CNN) – When 14-year-old Benjamin Ring walks his dog, Jasper, he earns 200 points. When he runs a mile, he gets 500 points. If he hikes with his family or walks to school, he racks up “pointz” that he can redeem for prizes.
“It’s like a real-life upgrade,” the eighth-grader from Piedmont, California, said about the game Zamzee.
So far, the bespectacled teenager has 47,074 pointz which he has redeemed for Legos and $150 worth of Best Buy gift cards.
Benjamin, a lean and lanky adolescent with bowl-cut hair, is not on a weight-loss program. But he readily says the game has made him more invested in physical activity. More…