New app hopes to help fam­i­lies, kids eat health­ier foods: re­searcher

The Hamilton Spectator - - HEALTH -

HAL­I­FAX — The mak­ers of a new app are hop­ing it will help get kids to eat more fruits and veg­eta­bles.

A team of re­searchers at Dal­housie Univer­sity in Hal­i­fax launched the app called “Froo­gie” to help fam­i­lies track their daily food in­take based on Canada’s Food Guide. Lead re­searcher Sara Kirk says her team got the idea for the app while look­ing into cre­at­ing sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ments to pre­vent chronic dis­ease, like di­a­betes and heart dis­ease. She says a num­ber of fam­i­lies had ex­pressed how hard it can be to eat healthy foods with such busy lifestyles. Kirk says the app is de­signed to be sim­ple enough so that chil­dren of all ages can use it, while mak­ing it a fun ex­pe­ri­ence. Fund­ing for the project was pro­vided by the Cana­dian In­sti­tutes of Health Re­search and the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion of Canada.

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