[Health] [health] OLPC Canada's Health Apps

Nicholas Doiron ndoiron at andrew.cmu.edu
Wed Oct 6 22:13:51 EDT 2010

A set of extremely useful and kid-friendly apps were developed for OLPC
Canada.  The website has videos showing quick walkthroughs.

"Healthy Heart, based on Canada's Aboriginal Food Guide, helps children
assess their recommended daily intake of food with stylized bear avatars
teaching children to act as 'chefs' to choose food from a menu to prepare
meals for their customers."

"A high energy and up-beat action program, Swift Feet encourages children
to be active. 20 different exercises and 10 different dances set to music
take users through high, moderate and low impact movements. A post-session
quiz assesses each child’s knowledge of physical fitness and helps measure
knowledge retention and improvement."

"Through stories about frozen and free-flowing water, children learn the
importance of safe water behaviour and begin to understand what can happen
if poor choices are made. Quizzes test comprehension and emphasize good
water safety choices."  [the example is hypothermia, but could this be
extended to safe drinking water, swimming, etc?]

I first saw Healthy Heart in OLPC Canada's article on OLPC News:

Nick Doiron

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