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Tory Burch for Fitbit Accessories Collection Now Available for Pre-Sale

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It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for—the Tory Burch for Fitbit accessories collection officially launches today! The collection is designed exclusively for Fitbit Flex, and includes an elegant brass pendant and bracelet, along with pattered silicone wristbands for everyday style.

Turn your Flex into a fashion piece with the exclusive collection of chic accessories designed by Tory Burch, now available for pre-sale.

Here are the details of the collection: read more

American Heart Association Go Red For Women Success Story: Paula Chavez

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This month we’re working with the American Heart Association and inspirational Real Women who have made big, positive changes in their lives through exercise. And we’re helping them go even further, outfitting them with a Fitbit Flex to help take their health and activity to the next level. We’ll be checking in over the next few months with Real Women like Paula to see how Fitbit has motivated them to include physical activity in their daily lives. So stay tuned!

And don’t forget that you can get involved, too. Fitbit Red Flex purchases from May 1st through end of day tomorrow (May 31st) benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement.

Paula Chavez has two simple messages for women struggling to make health changes: No more guilt. No more excuses. This became her personal mantra following an annual physical a few years ago. 

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Just 32 at the time, her doctor warned her that some changes had to be made if she were going to live long enough to see her grandchildren. Her goal of better health became even more important last year, after her father passed away from a sudden heart attack.

“My father died before he was able to meet my youngest child and I really struggle with that,” Paula says. “I was passionate about this topic before because of my own health issues. Now I am on a mission to help stop this disease.”

Paula’s journey to better health began after her second child was born in 2010.  She was extremely overweight and battling high cholesterol. “You won’t see a single photo of me from that time because I never went anywhere and didn’t want pictures taken,” she says.

Paula’s shame about her appearance, combined with her doctor’s recommendation that she take cholesterol medication, made her realize it was time to change. “Why would I take medication for something that I knew I could control with diet and exercise?” she asked herself.

Making changes wasn’t easy. Her 70-pound weight loss journey, which took more than a year, began with small steps. She started exercising a little every day and making family recipes healthier. “I’m Hispanic and grew up eating a lot of animal products and thinking you had to fry most things to make them taste good,” she says. “ I didn’t diet to lose the weight. I completely transformed the way I ate.”

Little by little, Paula added more fruits and vegetables to her diet and began cooking differently. Soon healthy living became a family affair. When her husband started getting healthier too, his own cholesterol and blood pressure numbers started to improve. Before her father died, Paula encouraged both him and her mother to transform their eating habits.

Though they lived in Colombia and Paula lives in New Jersey, Paula enjoyed “sharing” family meals again because they talked about the foods they were preparing each day. Sharing what she’s learned with family and friends has become a calling. Paula, a certified fitness instructor, started a free fitness club at a local school one night per week.

She uses social media to share heart-healthy tips and has online “friends” she has never met rooting her on and thanking her for helping them live healthier lives. Her advice for living a heart-healthy life? “Become aware of your family medical history and learn your cholesterol and blood pressure levels,” says Paula.  “Have a conversation with your doctor about your heart disease risk factors and about recommendations for a healthy lifestyle.”

With a part-time job and three children ages 11 months, 3 and 10, Paula can relate to women who are juggling the demands of family and career. But her own health is now top priority. “What good does it do my family if I am not here in the long run to take care of them?” she says. “I am taking care of me and setting an example for my kids, who now see that healthy eating and exercise are just part of our family routine.”

This Mother’s Day, Give a Gift from the Heart, for the Heart with Fitbit Red Flex

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We’re excited to announce another new band color for the Fitbit Flex: Red! And the best news? Throughout May 2014, Fitbit will donate $10 for every Red Flex wristband and $2 for every Red Flex accessory band sold to the American Heart Association‘s Go Red For Women® movement for a total of $50,000.

Red Flex is available now exclusively at Fitbit.com and Verizon.

 

Prepare for Spring with Violet Flex!

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violet FlexWe’re happy to announce yet another new band color for the Fitbit Flex: violet! Violet Flex is available to order today from Fitbit.com and Target.com, and will be available in Target stores beginning on 2/16.

Violet is just the latest in colored accessory bands that can be used with the Flex, joining other recent additions such as pink and lime. With 8 different accessory colors and Tory Burch accessories on the way, there’s a Flex accessory for every occasion!

Announcing the Tory Burch for Fitbit accessory collection

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Fashion Meets Fitness

We’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with Tory Burch to develop a collection of stylish accessories for the Fitbit Flex! This Spring, you’ll be able to purchase pendants, bracelets, and wristbands designed by Tory Burch that will hold the Fitbit Flex tracker, transforming your Flex into a super-chic accessory.

We’ve always said that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to fitness tech, and by fusing fashion with fitness we hope to give you yet another way to get active and stay in style at the same time.

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The Tory Burch for Fitbit accessories collection will be available in Spring of this year through Fitbit.com and ToryBurch.com, and will be sold separately from the Fitbit Flex.

You can be among the first to know when the Tory Burch accessories become available by signing up here, and stay up to date with all the latest at Fitbit by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

Burn Fitbit Calories to Support the Philippines with The Weightless Project and Deepak Chopra’s Foundation

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We’re excited to announce our partnership with The Weightless Project! For every 1,000 calories you burn on your Fitbit, The Weightless Project will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to fight both obesity and hunger. This month, all funds support the relief in the Philippines via the Chopra Foundation.

It’s super easy to get started. Just head over to The Weightless Project and link up your Fitbit.

After December, all calories expended and proceeds raised will go to organizations fighting hunger and starvation. Now get burning!

Band together to fight breast cancer

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Fitbit is introducing a new pink band for Flex and will donate $10 to the American Cancer Society for every pink Flex sold during the month of October.

We’re excited to be taking a step towards supporting breast cancer awareness & research. Supporting the American Cancer Society is a natural fit for us, too. According to the ACS, one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy overall is to be physically active on a regular basis and eat healthy. These are of course two things that Fitbit has always been a big supporter of, and our partnership is an extension of that.

With the new Pink Flex, you can take the step towards being more active yourself, and support the ACS while you’re at it. Being more aware of how much you move throughout the day can help motivate you to make fitness a lifestyle.

This new pink band is available at Apple stores and at Fitbit.com. Together, we can help support awareness and research to fight breast cancer.

[Update 10/8: We'll be selling the pink band separately on Fitbit.com starting on 10/22!]

Wrist Tracking and More with Fitbit Flex

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We are so thrilled to be announcing Fitbit Flex to everyone. For many years, we managed to keep our research team very busy developing the technology to make Flex, our first wristband product, work the way we want it to work. We wanted to make sure we captured actual steps taken without capturing “steps” from everyday hand motions, like typing, gesturing, or even eating.

One big challenge we faced was that while we managed to not calculate steps from these sitting activities (eating), and avoid steps from driving, we wanted to capture steps when you’re walking but your hands are held still. When would this happen? Well, walking with a stroller of course! It’s actually a common complaint among wrist tracker users. To determine the right algorithms to sense and capture these steps required lots of development and testing.  If you have been near our office in San Francisco, you would have seen many researchers running up and down the street with strollers, wired with all these gadgets to see how we can capture those movements.

Additionally, we waited until now to launch a wristband because we wanted to be able to offer wireless syncing with Android phones as well as iPhones, iPads, and iPods with Bluetooth 4.0. We’re very excited to announce that our products will start syncing with the Samsung Galaxy SIII and Samsung Note 2 in late January/early February, and more devices will follow soon! Viva la mobile!

To keep up with all of our new developments and let us know what you think of Flex, make sure to “Like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!