Surgeon General Announces Four Winners of “Healthy Apps Challenge”

Back in December at the mHealth Summit, the Surgeon General’s office launched a challenge that called on mobile app developers to create apps in three different categories; healthy eating & nutrition; physical fitness/activity; and integrative health and well-being.

In the healthy eating category, joint winners were selected as “equally outstanding submissions,” including GoodGuide — an app that makes it easy to get the information you need about your food, personal care and household products to aid in making healthy decisions — as well as Fooducate, which uses barcode scanning to allow you to scan the products you buy to quickly get information on that food’s health value.

In the physical fitness category, the winning app was called “Lose It,” which helps users achieve their diet and exercise goals by allowing them to set daily “calorie budgets.”  The app then prompt the user throughout the day to record food intake and exercise amounts to meet those budgets.  It also enables users to share their daily logs on Facebook to boost motivation and add an element of “social encouragement.”

In the third and final category, the “integrative health” category, the winner was announced as “Healthy Habits,” an iOS app that encourages people to develop healthy habits, make positive changes in their lives and actually stick to them.  The app recognizes that good health is not just about keeping active and eating healthy, but also about getting a good night’s sleep, thinking positively and spending time with family and friends among other things.

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