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There’s (Going to Be) An App for That



We already know that Surgeon General Regina Benjamin is hip — she knows how to do the Cupid Shuffle, after all — but it turns out she’s also tech-savvy.

The Surgeon General’s office announced this week the “Healthy App Challenge,” a competition for software developers to create applications that will help people lead active lifestyles. 

Entries can be submitted in three categories: “Fitness/physical activity,” designed to get people who aren’t active exercising; “Nutrition/healthy eating,” focused on helping people prepare nutritious meals and eat well when dining out; and “Integrative health,” which would integrate multiple parts of wellness such as sleep habits, spiritual health, lifestyle behaviors and community health.

Submissions will be accepted on the contest website through Dec. 31, and winners are scheduled to be announced on Jan. 31, 2012. Click here to find out more information and view the contest rules.

The “Healthy Apps Challenge” follows the “Apps for Healthy Kids” challenge, a similar competition sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Let’s Move! campaign in 2010. That challenge awarded $60,000 in prizes to developers who created software apps designed to help children lead healthy lifestyles. The winners of that contest can be found here.
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