Unfortunately, fewer than 1 in 10 Canadian children and youth are achieving the servings of fruits and veggies recommended in Canada’s Food Guide, putting them at risk of developing a range of chronic diseases that could compromise their current and future health. Getting enough fruits and vegetables every day helps to build a healthy foundation and can prevent weight gain and chronic diseases, however, in our busy modern lives it can be difficult to make time to eat healthy and be active. Healthy eating may even be sacrificed for leisure time physical activity.
We all want our children to have a healthy start and a healthy future.
We can all benefit from eating more fruits and vegetables.
That's why we created Froogie!
Froogie (pronounced froo-jee) is a smartphone app designed to help families track their daily intake of fruits and veggies in a fun and engaging way. Animated fruit and vegetable characters – the Froogies – help children to understand the importance of eating a minimum number of servings of fruit and veggies each day. Servings vary by age and are based on Canada’s Food Guide.
Tracking servings every day for a week unlocks a new Froogie character for up to 9 weeks. Tips and reminders appear to promote daily fruit and veggie intake. With each Froogie having a special twist for families to discover, regular use can encourage families to live life on the veg!
The Froogie app was created by a team of researchers at the Healthy Populations Institute, Dalhousie University, Canada. Led by Dr. Sara Kirk and Dr. Daniel Rainham, funding for the project was provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. The Froogie app was brought to life by the designers & developers at We.Us.Them.