Childhood obesity or excess weight threatens the healthy future of one-third of American children. Approximately $150 billion is spent every year to treat obesity-related conditions, and that number is growing. Obesity rates tripled in the past 30 years, a trend that means, for the first time in history, American children may face a shorter expected lifespan than their parents. Tools and games should be built using the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition dataset recently made available to the public through the Open Government Initiative.
The dataset provides information on total calories, calories from “extras” (solid fats and added sugars), and MyPyramid food groups for over 1,000 commonly eaten foods. USDA is seeking innovative and creative tools and games that use their dataset to deliver nutrition and health concepts in a fun and engaging way.