More than a third of adults in the United States are currently ranked as obese, and over the course of the past 30 years, childhood obesity has more than tripled. Learning to how to exercise, keep fit, and how to eat right is no longer something that can be left to chance – from an early age, children need to learn both about fitness and nutrition.
It can be tough to get children to eat foods that are healthy for them, and it’s tough to motivate them to turn off the TV, the computer, and the iPad to go play outside. At least one of those devices, though, can help you teach your children how to move and eat right.
Apple’s iPad has hundreds of great fitness and nutrition apps, and several of them are even aimed at children. If you’re looking for a way to educate your kids on health and fitness, make sure to take a look at our list of must have exercise and nutrition apps for kids.
Awesome Eats (Free) – Awesome Eats, from the Whole Kids Foundation, is a fun game that’s aimed at kids. Kids will sort, stack, pack, and plate a rainbow of yummy fruits and vegetables that have been freshly picked from the garden. In each level, kids will stack fruit to win stars and earn points, but this app isn’t all fun and games. It comes equipped with tons of healthy eating tips in between levels that will encourage kids to try new foods and to gobble up their fruits and vegetables. This highly rated app can even be fun for mom and dad.
Eat-And-Move-O-Matic(Free) – This app, from the Learning Games Lab at New Mexico State University is an app designed to teach children about the food that they eat and how it helps to fuel their bodies for different activities. Kids can learn all about their favorite foods and learn how small changes in their diet and their fitness level can make big differences in their life. It was developed in support of a program that encourages young people to develop and maintain healthy, active lifestyles. This app is useful for adults too – learn just how much exercise it takes to burn off that cupcake or that bag of chips.
Smash Your Food HD ($2.99) – In this fully Retina app, kids will smash up fast food hamburgers, crush chocolate milkshakes, explode sodas, and pound pizzas all while learning about good nutrition. This app is designed to teach children all about how much sugar, salt, oil, and fat is in the foods that they regularly consume, and it comes with tons of high definition video of those foods being squished and smashed in innovative ways. There are also plenty of personalized nutrition tips and advice, so kids learn about eating right while having plenty of fun.
Super Stretch Yoga HD ($1.99) – This fun, cartoon-style interactive yoga app was created with kids in mind. The app uses storytelling, animation, and video examples to show children how to make yoga a part of their daily routine. Kids will love following along with Super Stretch as he guides them through a variety of practice poses (which are also demonstrated by real kids in instructional videos). This app can be used by kids, parents, and the whole family, really. Yoga is something that the whole family can do, so download this app and get everyone moving. Have a teen? Try Yoga by Teens.
Iron Kids ($3.99) – Developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this app teaches young athletes to safely and effectively build strength, balance, and fitness skills to excel in any sport while preventing injury. This app includes a 45 minute kid-friendly workout, with detailed demonstrations on how to work the core, the upper body, and the lower body. This physical fitness app will whip kids in to shape in no time at all.