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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that LiVe is a fitness and nutrition app geared toward teens and tweens. Based on "8 Healthy Habits," the app encourages kids to set nutrition goals (such as eating a certain number of fruits and veggies and limiting sugary drinks), get more physical activity, eat meals with their families, and keep a positive attitude about food and body image. The easy, fun teen-centric graphics, solid (yet brief) information, and simple trackers give tweens and teens concrete ways to set these goals and track their progress.
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What's it about?
On the main screen, users can tap one of the "8 Healthy Habits" to learn diet and fitness information, set goals, and track progress. For example, under "Eat More Fruits and Veggies," users will find the healthy food tracker, where they can commit to consuming a certain number of fruits, veggies, low-fat dairy products, and glasses of water per day. There's also an activity tracker, plus tips for getting active, staying positive, involving family, and eating healthy. Users can track progress throughout the day and monitor which goals they meet.
Is it any good?
For teens or tweens who really want to learn the basics of healthy eating and exercise habits -- but who don't want to read lots of information and do other "boring" things like counting calories and fat grams -- LIVE is the tool to use. The only downside to this app is that some of the information seems too young-ish even for tweens; suggestions like "blow bubbles" for increasing activity or "have your parents cut up a plate of fruits and veggies" seem out of place with the rest of the app, which uses cool, fun graphics and an edgy, clean layout that appeals to teens. LiVe can be a truly valuable tool for motivated teens who want to live a healthy lifestyle.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Skills: Health & Fitness: balanced diet, fitness
Self-Direction: achieving goals, effort, goal-setting, personal growth
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: July 18, 2012
- Category: Health & Fitness
- Size: 13.20 MB
- Publisher: Lab Eleven
- Version: 2.01
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.1-4.0
For kids who love health and fitness
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