In a great PR move, Fitnet announced that it will provide technological and financial support at no cost to Healthy Hawks, a health services program to help children adolescents and their families overcome issues related to weight. Based in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the program will utilize Fitnet’s mobile fitness app to provide an interactive workout that can easily be monitored and encouraged. Under the deal, each Healthy Hawks family will receive an iPad and a data plan for use during their participation in the program. Mozilla is providing a $15,000 grant in support of the effort.
Fitnet will use its advanced computer vision technology to connect families with health and nutritional information as well as real personal trainers.“Fitnet’s unique, live data aggregation capabilities provide Healthy Hawks a real-time measurement on its community impact,” said Fitnet founder and chief geek, Bob Summers. “In addition, our technology will give the Healthy Hawks team access to valuable insight into the program’s effectiveness for each client, and efficiently identify families or individuals that need extra attention.”
The Fitnet app is available for all iPhone and iPad users as a free download with over 180 workouts, with additional workouts added every week.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 12.5 million children and adolescents aged two to 19 years are obese.