As part of her “Let’s Move” campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama partnered with the Agricultural Department to invite software developers, game designers, students and other tech types to develop applications that would encourage kids to eat healthy and exercise. And with $60,000 in prize money and a special White House event on the line, the entries poured in.
After being reviewed by a panel of expert judges, the apps were narrowed down to the best of the best and yesterday, the final winners were announced.
The grand prize in the Games category went to Trainer, an application created by a team of University of Southern California students. The app gives kids a virtual creature who must be fed and exercised in order to survive. The catch is that players have to actually do the exercise part themselves, with the app tracking their activity via interactive web cam technology.
In the Tools category, the first place prize went to Pick Chow!, an online tool that allows kids to create virtual meals by dragging and dropping food onto a plate. As foods are selected, a meter measures their nutritional value and urges players to keep trying until they’ve come up with a well-balanced meal.
Although only the winners will receive cash prizes, all the eligible apps submitted are available to play. For free! Check out Apps for Healthy Kids to find them all. Mom and dad might even learn something, too!
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