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LiVe

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Health app helps tweens and teens set goals, change habits.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn how solid information, goal setting, and goal tracking can help create a healthier diet and fitness lifestyle. LiVe encourages kids to put some effort into their health by choosing to eat right and exercise. This app has some information that seems like it's geared toward younger kids; teens and tweens may feel a bit talked down to because of that. Still, by keeping an open mind, teens and tweens can learn a lot here. LiVe gives users the tools to achieve personal growth in their health and fitness.

Ease of play

LiVe is quite easy to use, considering there's no sound, no tutorials, and very few written instructions. It's nicely designed and intuitive; users can easily figure out how to set up individual activities and trackers by following the icons.

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Consumerism

Different features have links that connect users to various websites, such as the American Heart Association and the health care organization that created the app. The app also encourages kids to promote it on Facebook and other social networking sites.

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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?

QUALITY

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.

 

Families can talk about...

  • Notice when your kid is making healthier food choices in the kitchen and offer encouragement.

  • Stock your pantry with lots of tasty, fresh, and healthy foods to give your kid lots of options.

App details

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

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