Aim2Be – A Healthy Lifestyle App for Canadian Families
- Aim2Be is an app designed to help youth (10+years) and their families adopt healthy behaviours in four areas – healthy eating, physical activity, screen time and sleep.
- Aim2Be blends best evidence with proven behaviour change techniques to support families to reach Canadian health recommendations. Dietitians, physical activity experts, psychologists and academics developed and reviewed the content.
- Aim2Be focuses on living green and fostering a strong self-esteem and a healthy body image.
- Parents and youth shaped the design, functionality and content of Aim2Be.
- Ayogo Health Inc., a leader in m-health solutions, designed and built Aim2Be. It includes social elements and gamification and only take a few minutes of daily interaction.
- Louise Mâsse, School of Population and Public Health at UBC and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, is evaluating Aim2Be with families across Canada. Early results are promising.
- The Childhood Obesity Foundation is funded in part by the Public Health Agency of Canada to develop and evaluate Aim2Be (2017-2020) with matched funds, including cash and in-kind, from Ayogo Health Inc., Merck Canada, Heart and Stroke, Diabetes Canada, Obesity Canada, Craving Change, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, David Suzuki Foundation and Pacific Blue Cross Foundation plus content support from the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation.
- Aim2Be will be available, in English and French, in the Canadian app stores by mid to late 2020.
Background information, abstracts and presentations:
- Digital Health and Group-based Solutions for Families(workshop jointly presented by Project Directors Janice Macdonald and Karen Strange at 2019 Obesity Summit
- What health aims and topics are more popular for teens and parents using a health app?(oral abstract presented by Janice Macdonald at 2019 Obesity Summit)
- What do teens want and not want in a health app? (abstract presented at Dietitians of Canada conference June 2018)
- Supporting Family Health Behaviours with an App: What do Parents Value? (poster presented at 7th Conference on Recent Advances in the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity, October 25-27, 2018, Calgary Alberta)