The USDA challenged software developers, game designers, students, and others to develop fun and engaging software tools and games that drive children to eat better and be more physically active
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 software 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.
News As Published On Media:
- Apps and Game Designers Level Up on Healthy Eating
Read more at: usda.gov
- Healthy Kids Apps Competition Offers Super-Sized Cash Prizes
Read more at: govtech.com
- The “Apps for Healthy Kids” Envelope, Please
Read more at: obamawhitehouse.archives.gov
- Michelle Obama’s healthy apps initiative announces winners
Read more at: engadget.com
- Smart Phone Game Helps Players Make Healthier Food Choices
Read more at: cacm.acm.org
- Vote for Food Hero In The Apps For Healthy Kids Challenge
Read more at: thriving.childrenshospital.org
- U.S. Government Taps ChallengePost to Help Launch Open Government Initiatives
Read more at: readwrite.com
- Apps for Healthy Kids contest winners announced
Read more at: fcw.com
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