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Apps for Healthy Kids

March 11, 2010

Apps for Healthy Kids

If you or someone you know is a computer nerd, er, I mean, savvy person, and and you’re all about health and you’ve got a great idea for an ‘App for that’, you may be the inventor of the next great smart phone app geared towards keeping America’s kids healthy.  As part of the Let’s Move! program headed by First Lady Michelle Obama, the Apps for Healthy Kids contest is seeking submissions for kid-friendly, healthy apps to be used on smart phones for any carrier.

From the Apps for Healthy Kids website:

The Apps for Healthy Kids competition is a part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation. Apps for Healthy Kids challenges software developers, game designers, students, and other innovators to develop fun and engaging tools and games that drive children, especially “tweens” (ages 9-12) – directly or through their parents – to eat better and be more physically active.

Childhood obesity or excess weight threatens the healthy future of one third of American children. We spend approximately $150 billion every year to treat obesity-related conditions, and that number is growing. Obesity rates tripled in the past 30 years, a trend that means, for the first time in our history, American children may face a shorter expected lifespan than their parents. We need to get moving!

Tools and games should be built using the USDA nutrition dataset recently made available to the public through the Open Government Initiative. The dataset provides information on total calories, calories from “extras” (solid fats and added sugars), and MyPyramid food groups for over 1,000 commonly eaten foods. We are seeking innovative and creative tools and games that use the USDA dataset to deliver nutrition and health concepts in a fun and engaging way.

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