The BodyChangers App
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Convenience, motivation, and time are among the biggest barriers to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Many people don’t have access to healthy options at every point throughout the day, or simply can’t find the time to exercise and eat right.
The BodyChangers App will be an on-the-go tool that empowers individuals to take control of their own health outcomes by offering rewards for making healthy choices. Users can earn reward points by choosing a healthy meal, selecting a healthy snack, working out, or participating in a group fitness class at any “BodyChangers approved” location. Our local partners will include restaurants, exercise facilities, grocery and retail stores.
As points accumulate, they can be redeemed for other healthy options. For instance, you may earn points by eating healthy meals, then use the points towards free or discounted fitness classes. Daily games (like guessing calorie or protein content between food items) will be offered for small reward values to educate users and keep people engaged.
We currently have a network of local partners willing to participate in this initiative. All we need is the app! We plan to continue expanding our network as interest for the program grows.
The BodyChangers App will help put healthy living in the palm of your hand!
Why it will work
Health research consistently demonstrates that health outcomes are improved with rewards and social interactions. Rewards will be scaled to encourage more physical and social activities, such as attending a group exercise class. This would encourage people to build healthy habits and make friends with like-minded people to further support healthy behaviors.
How your support will help
Our goal of $7,000 is based on the cost to build the initial prototype of the BodyChangers App.
$3,000: Basic, single-platform app (development, design, testing)
Funds will be used to establish user profile and user access control, database structure and object model associations, communication routers and ports, quiz systems, cellphone data expenses.
- $2,000: Hardware (electronic, mechanical, structural components, development kits, consumable supplies)
- $2,000: Web Hosting Services
Funds will be used for Web Hosting services including a live server environment, testing server environment, app gamification, and analytics.
Please spread the word
We can't reach our goal without your help! Please share our link (engage.pitt.edu/bodychangers) with your friends, family, and everyone you know who might be interested in helping our communities live healthier lives.
All donations, regardless of size will help to move our project forward. To show our appreciation, for every donation, we'll get physically active and send you a YouTube video as a thank you!