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Challenge: App Developers to Battle Obesity in Children and Teenagers

KidsHealth.org, the most-visited site on the Web for information about children’s health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years, has joined forces with Snaptic, HopeLab, and the TED Prize to sponsor the “Move Your App” developer challenge to inspire mobile users in the fight against obesity.

The challenge calls on Android developers to create apps that get people to move, while being fun to use and innovative in their approach to encouraging physical activity. Snaptic will provide resources for developers to draw from to build their apps, and will announce the winners at its developer conference in San Francisco on May 27.

KidsHealth will award a prize to the top apps that focus on kids, teens, or parents, and will promote them on KidsHealth.org, which attracts millions of unique visitors per month.

“At KidsHealth we are always looking for opportunities to reach more parents, teens, and kids with the latest information and means to improve their health,” said Neil Izenberg, MD, editor-in-chief and founder, KidsHealth. “The ‘Move Your App’ challenge is an innovative approach and we are excited to see what Android developers create to inspire movement and exercise for kids.”

“We are thrilled to have KidsHealth become an ally in this challenge,” said Steve Brown, CEO of Snaptic. “This offers a whole new incentive for developers joining the contest to focus on apps that directly benefit kids, teens, or parents and consequently get wide exposure for their work on the most-visited site for kid’s and teen’s health on the web.

Registration began on Thursday April 22, and developers must complete and submit their application by Friday, May 21. The finalists will showcase their applications at the Snaptic developer conference and the winners will be announced live at the event by a panel of expert judges.

Joining Dr. Izenberg on the judging panel are Juan Enriquez, author, futurist and partner at Excel Venture Management; Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus Systems and former CEO MySQL; Amy Novogratz, TED prize director; Pam Omidyar, founder and board chair, HopeLab; and George Zachary, partner at Charles River Ventures; among others.

Complete contest rules and conference information can be found at: http://snaptic. com/events.

About KidsHealth

KidsHealth.org is the #1 site devoted to children’s health and development in English and Spanish. Each year, over 150 million parents, kids, and teens turn to KidsHealth.org for expert answers, making it the Web’s most-accessed site on children’s health. KidsHealth.org has been honored as one of the 30 Best Websites by U.S. News & World Report, one of the 50 Coolest Websites by TIME magazine, and the Best Family Health Site “For Moms” by Good Housekeeping. KidsHealth also creates KidsHealth in the Classroom, a free website for educators featuring standards-based health curricula, activities, and handouts. KidsHealth comes from Nemours, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit pediatric health systems and a founding member of the Partnership for a Healthier America. For more information about KidsHealth, please visit KidsHealth.org.

About Snaptic

Snaptic develops web and mobile applications that make it simple to capture, organize, and share information on the go and keep it connected in the cloud. For more information, please visit http://snaptic.com.