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Kids leap into health with new gaming app

FoodLeap, a new free downloadable app, gets kids excited about making healthful choices. We caught up with Melissa Halas-Liang, founder of SuperKids Nutrition who partnered with us on a new app, called FoodLeap, which encourages healthful eating and increases awareness about the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program.

Why are parents interested in this new app for kids?

FoodLeap is a fun, engaging way to get kids interested in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and other nutritious foods. Through the app, kids learn about the benefits of healthful eating while playing a fun game. The game connects parents to the Kids LiveWell locator app to find participating restaurants that serve healthful kids’ menu options meeting specific nutrition criteria from leading health organizations. 

What’s the new app FoodLeap like? And why should parents and kids both be interested?

Kids love the game’s cartoon character who flies across a colorful screen. It’s a fun game, regardless of its actual message. Parents can engage their children by asking questions about the food in the game and talking about the fun nutrition facts Super Baby Abigail unlocks at the end of each level.

Tell me about the character in the game. Who is Super Baby Abigail, and why should kids pay attention to her?

Super Baby Abigail is the face of SuperKidsNutrition.com. She’s a member of the Super Crew, a diverse team of kids with super powers.  The more colorful foods she eats, the greater her powers become. She’s a symbol of what they can be if they take care of their bodies by eating all colors of the rainbow. If kids know they can get stronger, faster, and feel overall better from eating healthful foods, they’re more likely to eat their fruit, vegetables, beans and whole grains. When I used the Super Crew curriculum in the classroom, kids like to emulate various characters.

How can families get the app?

They can download the free FoodLeap app on iPhones and iPads. Check it out with your kids, then enjoy the foods featured in the game by visiting a Kids LiveWell participating restaurant.

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