Friday, January 17, 2014

Teaching Kids about Nutrition

Education about nutrition is an important part of any school curriculum. This is especially true when you have a look at the propensity of fast food meals that kids eat and the corresponding obesity rates. The obvious goal is to help children understand the importance of having a healthy diet and to provide information for them to develop healthy eating habits. Here are a couple of apps to at least get kids involved in this conversation.

Nicholas's Garden: FREE
In Nicolas' Garden, it's all about making healthy cooking, eating, and shopping fun and empowering for kids ages 5 to 15 while teaching them important independent living and lifestyle skills. Nicolas' mobile app helps in the quest to teach their kids to be healthy choosers, and more informed about food.

My Nutrition: FREE
My Nutrition was created in order to make eating healthy easier. Rather than relying on calorie counters, food indexes, and other health and nutrition apps, The most complete, most comprehensive Nutritional app on the market. Best of all, it’s designed with your health in mind!

Eat-and-Move-o-matic: FREE
Learn about the foods you eat and how they help fuel your body for your favourite activities. Make new discoveries about your favourite foods and get interesting tips on how small changes can make big differences. Encourages young people to develop and maintain healthy, active lifestyles.

Nutrition and Healthy Eating: FREE
Nutrition and Healthy Eating will get your child ready for school with these fun science learning games for kids in Preschool and Kindergarten! Through 3 fun educational games, your child will learn different foods, how to eat healthy, and how to create a delicious and balanced meal for the penguin’s birthday party!!/id581946034?mt=8

Awesome Eats: FREE
Sort, stack, pack and plate a rainbow of fresh-from-the-garden foods! And now recycle items after lunch! Be on the lookout for thieving birds and tap to shoo them away for extra points. You and your kids will unlock hours of challenging game play and get loads of healthy eating tips along the way.

Food Switch: FREE
Use FoodSwitch for healthy grocery shopping and make better food choices. FoodSwitch now comes with a new GlutenSwitch, and it even helps you find healthier, gluten-free choices. FoodSwitch also comes with a SaltSwitch feature to especially help people looking to lower their salt intake.

Fast Food Calorie Counter: $0.99 AU
Trying to reconcile your diet with your love for fast food? Whether you are on a fitness plan and counting calories, carbs, fibre, or fat grams, this helpful guide will empower you to make better choices  Fast Food Calorie Counter is always on your mobile device for when you need it.

Food Advisor: $0.99 AU
Food Advisor helps you quickly find food based on your nutritional requirement. For example, if you want food, in the category of fast food, that is high in protein, but low in fat and cholesterol, Food Advisor will list the food items for you. Quick and easy search. Thousands of food items based on USDA data. Complete and accurate nutrient data for each food item.

Healthy Heroes - Nutrition for kids: $2.99 AU
Yogopolis is in trouble, and it needs your knowledge of nutritious foods to save it! Hungry monsters have come to destroy the city, and the only way to satisfy their appetites is by feeding them fruits and vegetables. Are you up for the food-chomping challenge?

Foodle: $3.99 AU
Foodle designed for iOS 7 is nutrition at your fingertips! Find nutrition facts on over 8,000 foods complete with all vitamins and minerals. How much sugar is in an apple? How much potassium is in a banana? Discover nutrition facts on fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, dairy, seafood, nuts, seeds, spices, herbs and more! This would be a great app for a teacher.

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