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Best Nutrition, Health, and Fitness Apps for Kids

These health-focused apps, games, and sites give kids the straight dope on a host of essential and often taboo topics about bodies. Students can use these tools to look up nutrition facts, learn about diseases, and ask questions about sex. They'll also be moving: practicing yoga, enhancing motor skills through teamwork, and analyzing sports techniques. Whether it's in physical education (PE) and health class, or core content areas like science, students are sure to find the vital information they need to stay energized and active. 

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Super Stretch Yoga HD

Appealing videos inspire kids to move their bodies in new ways

Bottom line: No-stress introduction to 12 yoga poses and the importance of good breathing captures kids' attention and gets them moving.


Brief bursts of physical exercise add classroom fun, build brainpower

Bottom line: In a genre of its own, GoNoodle is a ready-to-go and classroom-friendly exercise program that challenges students to get moving.

My Food - Nutrition for Kids

Fun activities serve bite-sized lessons about food and nutrition

Bottom line: A tool that inspires kids to eat healthy, making it fun to learn about nutrition.

BrainPOP Jr.

Top-notch videos and activities a boon for elementary school teachers

Bottom line: BrainPOP Jr. sets the bar for top-quality online learning supplements.

Fizzy's Lunch Lab

Professor Fizzy and crew make it fun to be healthy

Bottom line: Fun games and informative videos get kids excited about nutritious eating and healthy lifestyle habits.


Fun, practical tips and tools for a nutritious, well-balanced diet

Bottom line: Great way for kids to take charge of their nutrition that will work best if parents are also involved.

Sworkit Kids

Fun, customizable workout app helps kids get fit

Bottom line: This app will get kids moving, jumping, and bending to increase their overall fitness through exercise.

Coach's Eye - Video Analysis

Robust video analysis for sports, science, fine arts performances

Bottom line: Cool video-analysis tool is great for the sports field and beyond, but prepare for an onslaught of hidden costs to access all features.

I Got This: An Interactive Story

Interactive story explores diabetes health issues, lacks depth

Bottom line: A kid-friendly way to teach an important message about healthy living, but a missed opportunity to fully engage kids with assessment or gameplay.

Monster Heart Medic

Brilliant medical sim engages kids, promotes heart-healthy lifestyle

Bottom line: Fun, engaging adventure teaches kids about the cardiovascular system, medical diagnostics, and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Space Chef

Nutrition game presents healthy foods and good habits, little else

Bottom line: Space Chef introduces students to healthy ingredients and recipes in a fun way, but important facts and rationales are separate from the game itself.


Guided lessons focus on the brain, encourage a growth mindset

Bottom line: Wonderful, easy-to-use lessons spur self-reflection and a growth mindset in students.


Clever animated hosts Tim and Moby masterfully tackle complex topics

Bottom line: Cartoon videos in this extensive collection break down ideas in clever and thoughtful ways.


Support kids' sense of wonder with outstanding short video lessons

Bottom line: TED-Ed includes excellent, engaging videos and support for flipped-class lessons with an incredible community of thinkers and doers.


Quirky, funny videos give thoughtful answers to kids' sex-ed questions

Bottom line: An appealingly down-to-earth way to help kids face tough questions about navigating the challenges of puberty.

Center for Young Women's Health

Maturely covers difficult physical and mental health issues

Bottom line: Girls can go here to get answers on health and wellness issues that affect them.

iTooch 6th Grade Health

Comprehensive lessons, quizzes offer solid content and whimsical style

Bottom line: This comprehensive tool covers a wide range of serious health topics for adolescents.

POX: Save the People

Engrossing strategy game offers lessons in public health

Bottom line: POX: Save the People is an incredible game of strategy, collaboration, and public health education.

Young Men's Health

Straightforward health info; no-frills site could do more to engage

Bottom line: It's a smart place to find accurate, no-nonsense health guides for young men, but don't expect many engaging features.

Sex, Etc.

Reliable, unbiased sex ed site keeps it real for teens

Bottom line: An engaging and informative destination for sex ed teachers and students.

Solve the Outbreak

Become a disease detective -- read clues, analyze data, save lives

Bottom line: Solve the Outbreak is a free, engaging resource that teaches kids about disease control and prevention.

Go Ask Alice!

Great health website answers teens' icky questions

Bottom line: Go Ask Alice! delivers an encyclopedic amount of health information in a relatable voice.

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