HealthCorps Proudly Announces Launch of Momentum Challenge App

Posted 11/15/2013 | By HealthCorps

On November 14, 2013, HealthCorps officially launched the new Momentum Challenge app at a morning event at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C.  The app was developed to help engage youth to make sustainable and healthy lifestyle choices, by prompting them to accept daily health challenges to improve their physical, nutritional and mental health.

Students and teachers hosted a variety of booths at the launch and health fair, that included information and interactive previews of the different health and fitness challenges available on the app such as: “Learn to Read Nutrition Labels”, “Find an Online Salsa Dance Video and Dance for 10 minutes”, and “Take 10 Minutes to Meditate”.

With a series of challenges based on HealthCorps’ innovative curriculum, the Momentum Challenge app was developed by the National Cancer Institute’s Tobacco Control Research Branch and HealthCorps.   It is currently available for iOS devices through iTunes and will soon be available for Android devices. The app allows students to not only challenge themselves and track their progress, but to challenge friends. Points, badges and the ability to send friends “high fives” and encouragement are all tools to keep students engaged in accepting and completing their daily challenges.  Momentum Challenge was designed to make it easier for youth to access health information in a fun way by putting it in the palm of your hand.

Momentum Challenge focuses on physical activity, nutrition, and mental resilience, which help improve a student’s chances of practicing other healthy behaviors, like quitting smoking. When you begin to practice healthy behaviors in one area, it spills over into other aspects of your life. Log in, accept a challenge, and jumpstart the journey for yourself, your friends, and your school to practice healthy behaviors daily until they become habits.  While enjoying competition and learning accountability, you receive rewards including the gift of health.

More specifically, Momentum enables youth to start making healthier life choices immediately. And more importantly, Momentum Challenge helps make these choices stick. Featuring examples of healthy behaviors that can be practiced daily, Momentum Challenge provides youth a motivating and exciting environment to keep teens focused on what matters most—their health.  A little competition between schools, some accountability by friends, and lots of rewards make Momentum Challenge that much more fun.

Woodrow Wilson High School is one of 62 high schools across 13 states and Washington, D.C. that participate in the HealthCorps program.   Attending the event, on behalf of HealthCorps were Shawn Hayes, PH.D., Chief Academic Officer and Director of Research and Education, Karen Johnson, Chief Communications officer, Dr. Yvonne Hunt, Program Director, on behalf of NCI’s Tobacco Control Research Branch, and HealthCorps Coordinator of the Month, Micheline Tocco, a coordinator at Woodrow Wilson High.

You can learn more about the app on iTunes by clicking here.

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