First of all, Swapna, well done! This app is impressive and looks user friendly! I am wondering though, how we can connect with individuals who do not own smartphones. Considering the challenge was to reach people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, the app would exclude anyone who could not afford a smartphone. Wouldn't it be great if, in addition to the app, there were text message alerts that could be sent to individuals that own regular phones. Participants could sign up by texting YES to a certain number and begin to receive text message alerts. Here are some examples: 1. Reminders: A text message that is as simple as "Have you had an 8 OZ glass of water this morning?" 2. Fun Facts: A text message containing nutrition information " Replace white rice for brown rice and receive healthy nutrients and fiber" 3. Community Events: A text message to notify participants of local community events related to health and exercise "The 19th Avenue Farmers Market is open today from 10AM-3PM, food stamps can be used to purchase fruits + vegetables at the following stands......"
I look forward to hearing more about this app and the amazing progress and change you are creating in our global community :)
This program is very similar to the US based non-profit organization, Girls on the Run; a positive youth development program for girls aged 8-14 years old. I had the pleasure of working for this organization in Chicago and now in San Francisco. One element that we recently added to our program, and which received outstanding feedback, was to have each girl document what they have learned in a journal. Including time at the end of each lesson/ practice/ meeting to allow the girls to write down their experiences, thoughts, concerns, etc. not only reaffirms what they have learned, but provides the girls with another chance to practice literacy and reading/comprehension skills.