Announcing Smash Your Food™ ..now in the Apple App Store!
It’s so sad to think that today in the U.S., more than one third of all children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Not only is childhood obesity linked to obesity as an adult, it also is linked to lower school performance during childhood. I know it’s easy to think that obesity is a problem caused by one’s inability to control their eating; but particularly when it comes to kids, it’s hard to blame this problem on children alone. Instead, multiple causes including the unhealthy food environment we live in today, growing portion sizes, and the lack of nutrition education of parents and kids when it comes to knowing what is in our food are to blame.
This is why I am so excited to announce the launch of Smash Your Food, an award-winning, educational game for the ipad that teaches kids to learn about the nutritional aspects of foods that contribute to excessive calories consumption and educates kids on how to make better food choices at home and on-the-go. I met the founders of Food’N’Me who came up with the idea of Smash Your Foods late last year and loved the concept and wanted to help out. So , for the last few months, I’ve had the privilege to have been working on this project on the weekends to help the nutrition team with nutrition analysis and research prior to the game’s launch. We’re also working on complementary e-books that will be released soon.
While the ipad game is catered for kids, it is also eye opening for adults. For example, did you know that a fast food milkshake has three times as much sugar as a can of soda? The game works by first calculating your max amount of salt, sugar, and oil per meal based on your gender, age, and level of physical activity and then compares your levels with what is in commonly eaten junk foods many Americans eat. Before you SMASH the foods, you have to guess how much sugar, salt, and oil will come out of it. The closer you get to the actual amounts, the more stars you get and the more foods you unlock!
Today, there are two versions of the game, a free version that let’s you test out the game by smashing five foods. Then, the paid version which is just $2.99 and includes additional levels with about 40 foods all together.
Here’s 5 reasons why you should download this game today:
- This game is a top winner in Michelle’s Obama’s “Apps for Healthy Kids Contest”
- This game will help teach you and your kids about what is actually in some of the most common unhealthy foods we eat.
- This game will help inspire you and your kids to start making small steps towards eating healthier
- It’s super fun AND informative!
- It’s designed and approved by nutritionists and dietitians
Check it out for yourself at www.smashyourfood.com and feel free to leave any comments and feedback for us! Also, like us on Facebook and help us spread the word so that we can help teach kids how to make better choices about what they eat today and in the future!