GovLaunch: Surgeon General Wants Your Healthy Apps Ideas

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    Got an idea for healthier living? Want to share it with the public? Have a knack for application development? Then the Surgeon General invites you to share your concepts, according to an article over at GovTech.

    The U.S. Office of the Surgeon General launched its healthy apps contest last week, and submissions need to be made by Dec. 31st. The Surgeon General’s Office hopes to spur some innovative thought on healthy living, and will pick winning apps in three categories.

    • Fitness/physical activity — apps aimed at people who don’t normally exercise regularly.
    • Nutrition/healthy eating — apps focused on quickly prepared home meals and obtaining healthy food while on the go.
    • Integrative health — apps designed to pull together multiple aspects of wellness, such as healthy sleep habits and lifestyle behavior change.

    App development contests are becoming quite popular this year, with the EPA launching a similar contest in June.

    Developer or not, what do you think would make for a nifty health application? Do you think contests for applications are a good way to foster innovative thought? Could you see your agency holding its own app development contest?

    Surgeon General Launches Healthy Apps Challenge

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