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5 Apps to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle to Kids

As educators we have a responsibility to promote, encourage and facilitate healthy lifestyle choices. We can promote healthy living through apps that introduce and/or facilitate relaxation, healthy eating, exercise, self-awareness and tech safety.

Here are are top apps for promoting general well-being in your classes or homes:

Since technology began to permeate every aspect of our lives, we've found that the benefits can be dampened by the problems.  Employers have a duty of care to ensure that employees' health is protected while working.  Sitting at computers and hunched over tablets can have a health cost and many responsible employers will offer guidance and advice to minimise the risks.  But what of our students?

Children are spending increased amounts of time using computers and tablets at school and, for both work and pleasure, at home.  The creator of this app reasons that schools should be both ensuring a healthy use of technology at school and embedding a desire to do the same at home.  The reasoning is sound. If it is important enough for employees, surely it is important enough for our still growing students.

Designed by a health and well-being expert, this app meshes the solution to the problem with the cause - the device itself.  Within the app, at the time of writing, are twenty videos describing useful exercises to counteract the postural problems that might emerge after prolonged use.

This is an app for true educational fun, yes fun. As the title suggests the programme is designed to help the learner understand everything about their body. The programme is very professionally put together with superb and intuitive navigation to guide you effortlessly across a range of biological functions. The graphics are pin sharp and the video clips are delightfully illuminating, simplifying some extremely complex processes which are seamlessly incorporated into the app. Children’s innate curiosity will be rewarded in this programme with a rich set of information cleverly delivered, they will pick up on information without realising.

The app ranges from the brain and nerves, digestion, lungs, skeleton, kidneys, senses, muscles, circulation and the reproductive system for an extra charge when your child is ready. Each section provides you with a general tour of each function, with narration and text which is context specific based on the user touching a three dimensional graphic overlay which can be zoomed in or out. The second common subsection provides an example of the system in use with a combination of moving graphics, narration and text. The third common subsection provides the child with some touch sensitive quizzes that are scored and painlessly provide feedback on progress. The final section provides a video graphic which is narrated giving you a summary of the whole section.

The DreamyKid meditation app offers meditation, guided visualization and affirmations curated just for children & teens. It uses proven techniques that teach your kids methods to guide them towards a happier life through mindfulness. From issue-based and general meditations/guided visualizations to affirmations.

Use the included free programs or purchase others including: trouble sleeping, schoolwork, relaxation, focus, sports-preparation, attention deficit disorder/ADHD. Free for schools and organizations that work with children.

Do your children really know how much sugar, salt and oil there is in foods they consume? 

SMASH Your Food is a fun way for kids to learn about foods that contribute to excessive calorie consumption through fun gamification and and interactions, 

Designed for children aged 5 to 12 - but fun for children (and adults!) of all ages. 

This is My Body – Anatomy for Kids is a really useful app for the introduction of aspects of the science curriculum related ‘animals including humans’. With funny but informative graphics and animations make this application one that is a useful addition to home or school.

An interactive navigation system runs across all the topics, which include: ‘Growing’, ‘My Skin’, ‘My Senses’, ‘I am Hungary’, ‘Breathing’, ‘Heartbeat’, ‘My Muscles’, ‘My Nerves’ and finally ‘My Skeleton’. 

The activities are amusing and engaging and act to draw the child’s attention to particular points of interest. At the end of each topic is a ‘Smarty Pants’ section, which provides the child with some very useful background information that extends their understanding.  

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