In collaboration with Public Health Warwickshire and local universities including Coventry University, Health Heroes is the first evidence-based app aimed at helping families to manage their portion sizes. The project involves extensive research with parents with overweight children and utilises groundbreaking methods drawn from the fields of Health Psychology, User Centred Design (UCD), Gamification & Persuasive technologies.
Users can log their daily food intake (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and play the daily quiz to gain coins to progress further on the game aspect of Health Heroes. Logging their food results in comparing their own balance wheel to the suggested balance wheel, giving users hints and tips on how to improve their overall diet. Health Heroes is originally targeted at families and helping them to manage portion sizes; the game side of the app features a family leaderboard to add in a bit of competitiveness to ensure users are doing their best to eat healthily.
Evolyst were the winners of an Innovate UK award (The Government’s Technology Strategy Board) to develop the idea with the backing of The Jamie Oliver Group.
Fooducate is a food coach that goes way beyond a simple calorie counter. Achieve your weight loss, health and fitness goals by learning to eat healthier food. Effectively, Fooducate is a nutritionist in your pocket, advising how healthy foods are based on their nutrients and ingredients, and helping you to get motivated to eat healthier as well as tracking your progress.
The main feature of Fooducate is to give different types and brands of foods a letter grade, which are based on information provided by dietitians as well as user feedback. Fooducate provides key information about products like artificial flavourings and colourings and will suggest alternatives if you are looking for something healthier or if you are looking to go gluten-free.
By scanning barcodes of products, Fooducate will save the product on its database and give you a rating on how healthy it is, comparing it to alternative, healthier products.
MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter
MyFitnessPal uses an online food and exercise database which, over time, learns from the user’s input. It’s based on the theory that many people eat the same foods regularly; so the system will remember what kind of food the user has eaten (or not eaten), feed them into a calorie counter and suggest improvements on their diet.
MyFitnessPal focuses on logging and calculating calories, plus contact with other members via weight loss forums. Much like other diet tracking apps, the system is based on calorie counting: the more consistently the user tracks their food and exercise, the more likely they are to lose weight.
The app’s calorie counter is basically an online diary of each MyFitnessPal member’s intake. The counter allows members to set daily goals, and the app can add multiple foods at once. It also automatically stores food and meals that are eaten, which makes them easy to find when users eat them again and need to log them.