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FitBit helps CT residents change their lives

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Eyewitness News asked people on social media if they were FitBit fanatics and the responses poured in.

Within minutes of posting that question on WFSB Facebook page, emails poured into our newsroom in which they described incredible success stories.

Eyewitness News profiled the stories of two Connecticut women who say the device has changed their lives.

“I was never really athletic, but I always wanted to be more active,” Melanie Mitchell, of Terryville, said.

But that all changed when Mitchell bought a FitBit a year ago to try to get a little healthier. The FitBit is an electronic device that tracks a person's activity level, sleep patterns and calorie intake.

“It was really beyond my expectations of how almost addictive it can be,” Mitchell said.

The FitBit kick started radical changes in her life. Even through this relentless winter, Mitchell said she would take time to get outside. Often she was taking walks in her favorite spot, Topsmead State Forest in Litchfield.

Mitchell said the results over the past year are remarkable and has not only has she lost 40 pounds.

But she competed in several 5Ks. Now, Mitchell said “the 10ks are on my radar.”

The FitBit tracks the user's activity level by counting the number of steps. It syncs with a web-based account and an app that tabulates the user's progress toward reaching goals.

“I wear it all the time,” Robin Condon/Farmington, said.

Condon got a fit bit on a whim. She had been working on losing weight.

“I've been on this journey for the past six years,” Condon said.

Condon said she didn't have a lot of faith that a device could spark any change in her life.

But Condon said sure enough, it wouldn't take long until she was hooked and in time, she lost 32 pounds.

Condon said the trick is staying connected with her friends have the app.

“You can send little taunts or cheers to one another,” Condon said.

FitBit allows users to enter into some healthy competition to see who has been the most active.

“The big thing is having support systems, and having somebody else drive you to move forward,” Stefanie Bourassa, who is a physical therapist at Senior Sports Medicine Clinician that is associated with Hartford Hospital, said.

Bourassa said staying in touch with other FitBit lovers is a great way to drum up some motivation and it's as easy as a click of a button.

“It's just another way to keep yourself moving...and bottom line, you just have to keep doing it,” Condon said.

The bottom line is body awareness. According to experts, many people aren't really sure exactly how active they are throughout the day and having all the facts laid out for them helps them keep tabs on their health.

Connecticut residents that talked with Eyewitness News clearly love their FitBits. Connecticut ranks high on the list for most steps taken nationwide. In the winter, Connecticut takes the number 13 spot and in the warmer weather, we claim 10th place.

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