First Lady Launches App Competition

As part of her Let’s Move campaign to end childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama is on the hunt for games that encourage kids to be more physically active and to make better choices about what they eat.

The Apps for Healthy Kids competition officially starts accepting submissions today and will offer up $40,000 in prizes to the winners across two categories—tool and games. Applications will be judged by both the public and an all-star panel that includes Entertainment Software Association (ESA) President Michael Gallagher, LucasArts Engineer Eric Johnson, Zybga’s Mark Pincus and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Judging ends on July 14, 2010.

The top app in each category will receive $10,000. Public Choice winners in each category will win $4,500 each. Submissions must use the USDA nutrition dataset in order to qualify. Entries should operate on “any software platform broadly available to the public.”

The submission period ends on June 30 and all entries must feature at least one of the following concepts:

  • Teaching kids to eat more whole grain
  • Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Focusing on consuming more low- or non-fat milk
  • Choosing lean sources of protein (such as meat and beans)
  • Making food group education fun
  • Understanding calories and energy balance
  • Increasing choices of foods with high nutrition value and decreasing amounts of foods with solid (saturated) fats and added sugars (i.e., "extra" calories), and decreasing amounts of sodium
  • Identifying and consuming proper food portion sizes
  • Being more physically active
  • Balancing physical activity and food intake
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    sharpshooterbabe says:

    From what I hear from my fiance & I have asked him about Guantanamo and him working in the Pentagon, he said G-Bay won’t ever be torn down. He said it is a military installation for enemies against America. He also said Obama can’t tear it down, even though Obama said he would. Obama doesn’t make that decision, the dems and repubs in office do.

    With Obama sending the prisoners to that state prison in Michigan……..I asked my Uncle Casey who is gung-ho about the military. & he is a Prison Officer somewhere in South Texas. I asked him what those prisoners in the Michigan Prison would do to them? He said either two things: They would try to kill the enemies of the U.S. or the same religion prisoners of the enemies or of like minds would work together. He said he doesn’t like the idea of them being on American soil. He also said that they will try to make deals w/the Prison Officers and Wardens and then they will blackmail them till they get what they want. If not, they will tell the other Prison officers and get the others fired or transferred. He said the prisoners would love to kill the officers. I don’t doubt that.



    "It’s better to be hated for who you are, then be loved for who you are not." – Montgomery Gentry

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    sharpshooterbabe says:

    The Afghanistan war was started over 9/11. The Iraq War was started over Hussein’s actions regarding Nuclear Inspection and his general agression towards the US. (I’d argue that Bush Jr. wanted to finish the fight that daddy started, though, myself.)

    If you’re saying this then that would mean there were WMD. You are right about the Afghanistan war, but the insurgents traveled into Afghanistan once they got ran out of Iraq by American forces. There is now a U.S. Embasy in Iraq. & bases there. Everyone says we need to get out, but sorry to burst everyone’s pro-war bubbles, but we will be staying for that one reason. Most will be replaced by the Air Force.

    Plus I just think that w/the video of Osama Bin Laden being filmed in Iraq, hence we are over there. Then of course it leads us to the tyranny of Hussein. A guy I used to go to high school with  was in the 3rd Infantry Division stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. The guys that captured Saddam Hussein in his fox hole. One of the guy’s I knew from high school actually captured Hussein, & was guarding him the whole way they were taking him back to be interrogated. He said while he and other guards were taking him back, Hussein asked him what America was like? The guy told him it’s a beautiful place and you can do anything there. Then the guy I went to school with asked Hussein why he did what he did to the U.S.? He said Hussein didn’t say anything and kept quiet. He said all he did was turn his head down and his eyes down and not say anything. He said it looked like Hussein was ashamed at himself. It’s pretty interesting too.


    "It’s better to be hated for who you are, then be loved for who you are not." – Montgomery Gentry

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    Valdearg says:

    Who are you to tell me what I believe? I am against war in all but the most dire of circumstances. American Lives are more important than the chest puffing and dick measuring that goes on between international leaders, if you ask me.

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    Austin_Lewis says:

    No, you want it to end FOR NOW.  Much like the deficit, the lefties are fine and dandy with kicking the problem down the road for our children to deal with.  That way, Obama has more time to ignore other problems in the world (Iran, the fact that after all his bullshitting, Indonesia still hates him, etc.) and pretend that he’s the smartest person in the room.

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    Valdearg says:

    That’s not even close to what the left thinks, Zero. I sure hope you don’t believe the tripe that Glen Beck feeds you daily..

    Most lefties, aside from the die hard anti-war crowd, supported the initial invasion of Afghanistan, after 9/11, to strike back at the terrorists. It’s just that now, after almost a decade of fighting and wasting not only money, but, more importantly, American Lives, we want it to end.

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    Valdearg says:

    Considering 9/11 had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO with The Iraq War, it sounds to me like YOUR history is messed up.

    The Afghanistan war was started over 9/11. The Iraq War was started over Hussein’s actions regarding Nuclear Inspection and his general agression towards the US. (I’d argue that Bush Jr. wanted to finish the fight that daddy started, though, myself.)

    Next time, before trying to act smart, Jedi, just don’t. You will never be more intelligent than a turnip.

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    DarkSaber says:

    And who helped him into power in the first place?


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    jedidethfreak says:

    Your history is still muddled, because Bush Sr. didn’t start the first Gulf War, Hussein did.

    You KILL Vampires. You don’t DATE them.

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    DarkSaber says:

    Really, Gulf War 1 was because of 9/11? That’s new to me. And also against the laws of time and space.

    As for Guantanamo, it’s no skin off my nose if it stays or goes, nor am I bothered when it happens or who is responsible. He’s YOUR president not mine. You think I’m bothered this one turned out to be another carbon-copy liar and issue-dodger like the rest of them? I didn’t like Bush and I don’t like Obama.


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    Zerodash says:

    Not when the consensus on the left is that either a) George W Bush plotted the attacks, b) the "freedom fighters" were using a valid method of making a point , or c) not enough non-white people died that day to be important.


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    jedidethfreak says:

    Maybe my history’s messed up, but I seem to remember 17 people flying planes into US buildings starting that whole thing…

    Speaking of which, how’s that whole "we’ll close Guantanamo in a year" thing working out?

    You KILL Vampires. You don’t DATE them.

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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    AE: My bad!

    Tell GP we need picture size rules and posting code info in a link thats in all the articles… well put that info in the bloody More information about formatting options link at least…

    Until lobbying is a hanging offense I choose anarchy!
    CP/IP laws should not effect the daily life of common people!

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    DarkSaber says:

    Yes, with the money they wasted on this they could have built an 18th of another bomb to send over to that little Middle East thing Bush started.


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    Austin_Lewis says:

    Yeah, they’re not likely to do that.  Look at the losers that they’ve surrounded themselves with in the Whitehouse; not a winner amongst them.  I can’t see either of the Obamas being very pro-competition.

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    jedidethfreak says:

    Don’t forget about wussifying competitive sports, too.  "Oh, we don’t keep score, because my kid has no talent, and he doesn’t want to have to actually WORK to achieve it, so we aren’t going to force him, but he still wants to play."

    I think taking away the "everyone wins, no matter what" mentality that has found its way around might be just as effective.

    You KILL Vampires. You don’t DATE them.

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    hellfire7885 says:

    Gee ,that panel won’t be biased at all /sarcasm

    Still, this does have the right idea. Instead of mandating kids get excercize, try to get them to WANT to do it.

    Course ,getting PTAs to stop wussifying gym classes might help a bit too


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