Dal Researchers Develop App to Encourage Healthy Eating Amongst Families
Launched in February 2017, Froogie is a free, family-focused smartphone app that aims to engage children and parents in making healthy food choices. Between 2007-2017, a team of researchers co-led by Dr. Sara Kirk and Dr. Daniel Rainham with the Healthy Populations Institute at Dalhousie University received funding from Heart & Stroke and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to better understand how diet and physical activity behaviours impact youth health.
Informed by this research, Froogie has been carefully crafted to provide a fun and interactive experience for children and families to eat healthily together. A combination of the words “fruits” and “veggies,” Froogie offers tips and reminders to promote daily fruit and veggie intake to help meet age-appropriate goals. Up to nine animated Froogie characters can be earned over time so families can live life on the veg!
Froogie has gained significant media attention, with 1,000 downloads in the first month! Visit www.froogieapp.ca for more information and to download the app.
Brushing Up on Mouth Care
Facilitating uptake of a daily oral care program in continuing care
Purpose: To translate the knowledge we have gained in the Oral Care in Continuing Care Settings project in order to facilitate uptake of these resources in other relevant settings. This comprehensive hands-on educational resource package is "Brushing Up on Mouth Care."
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