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Pros: Kids can be in control, setting goals and tracking their own progress.
Cons: Customization is limited, and app lacks export options and teacher dashboard.
Bottom Line: Handy tool for learning about health can be boosted with motivational teacher input.
Because LiVe is free and available across mobile platforms, it could be a useful tool in health and physical education classes. With the activity tracker and healthy food tracker, kids use their mobile device to keep track of daily activity and eating habits. Although there's no way to export data, you can work with kids one on one to set personalized goals that provide the right amount of challenge. Kids can use the default goals or adjust them depending on their current diet or activity levels. For example, if kids currently drink five sodas a day, they may want to start gradually by cutting down to two a day. Customization is a bit limited for the healthy food tracker (kids can't add their own eating goals), but the activity tracker allows them to at least add custom activities. You can also review and discuss kids' progress graphs, which show daily progress toward total activity and food goals.
Additional support can be found at the companion website, intermountainlive.org, including a printable activity and food tracker, healthy habits summary sheet, a set of informational classroom posters, and an online game. The team behind LiVe also offers school assemblies for kids in grades 6 through 9.
LiVe introduces tweens and teens to eight habits for a healthy lifestyle and provides tools to help them get active, eat well, and stay positive about body image and food. Created by a team of physicians, nurses, dietitians, and healthcare professionals, LiVe includes a food and activity tracker, goal-setting activities, and dozens of recipes and tips for healthy living.
Navigate by tapping one of the 8 Healthy Habits on the main screen to learn diet and fitness information, set goals, and track progress. For example, under "Increase your physical activity," kids find the activity tracker, where they can set daily goals for activities such as riding bikes, getting outside, or playing a sport. Kids can also use a healthy food tracker and read tips on healthy eating, getting active, and involving family in the healthy lifestyle.
Kids who aren't motivated to improve their health will need ideas for structured use. Some of the language and suggestions are a bit young, so older kids might feel talked down to. However, in general, the design and content fit well with a middle school audience.
Examples of how LiVe encourages kids to develop healthy habits:
- Always eat breakfast -- Eating breakfast is a goal kids can set in the healthy food tracker. They can also browse suggested recipes for a healthy breakfast, including "Cereal and Fruit Parfaits" and "Whole Wheat Pancakes."
- Limit screen time -- Set activity goals with the activity tracker and browse fun ideas for getting active, including going on a picnic, planting a garden or flowers, and dancing.
- Eat meals together as a family -- Conversation starters, dinner games, themes, and after-dinner activities help kids and families make dinners together a regular and positive event.