As part of her Let’s Move! campaign, Michelle Obama is reaching out to software developers and technology innovators to create engaging games and mobile phone applications that encourage children to take a more proactive role in healthy nutrition and exercise. Ben Reis, PhD, of Children’s Hospital Informatics Program, is leading a team from Children’s determined to answer the first lady’s call, with a new app called Food Hero.
Players choose a character and decide what he or she eats for the day. After their virtual character has eaten, they’re asked to engage in physical activities like biking, running and swimming. If the character eats too much, it becomes slow and sluggish; if it eats too little, it becomes too weak and tired to finish its exercise in time. Only a properly nourished character has the strength and stamina needed to complete the physical challenges in record-breaking time.
Food Hero is one of only 95 apps competing for the Popular Choice Award. The app that receives the most votes will win a cash grant and be honored at a special ceremony held at the White House this fall. There are only a handful of apps ahead of Food Hero in the voting, so Thrive is calling on you to register with appsforhealthykids.com and help propel Food Hero to the front of the race!
Voting is a simple, two-step process:
1. Click here to register as a voter, then access your email and confirm your enrollment by clicking on the link you’ve received.
2. Come back to Thrive and click here to be redirected to Food Hero’s voting page!