Organizing health and wellness programs is a challenge when diverse groups of people have individualized health goals.
Here’s a solution to boost the morale and energy in your group through a health-oriented challenge that will transform everyone’s view of healthy eating.
4 the Luv of Food has designed an app called Balanced Cafe meant to inspire EVERY person to improve their overall nutrition regardless of their eating preference, body type, genetic make-up, and/or health and wellness goals. This free app has a built-in Health Challenge that automatically calculates Calories Burned as the participants track their meals and compete for a high score.
Here’s how the challenge works!
- Have each participant download Balanced Cafe from the app store on any Apple device.
- The app sets up each user with an individualized Maintenance or Fat Burning Program.
- The Health Challenge coordinator chooses a start date to begin the challenge of building and tracking balanced meals* that meet each participant’s individual Caloric Goal. Have your organization run a Maintenance Challenge and a Fat Burning Challenge.
Here’s how to declare a winner!
Balanced Cafe awards points per Calories Burned** and for Days Exercised/Active. It deducts points for not meeting Caloric Goal!
- The 4 the Luv of Food Heart button (seen above the program menu bar) gets the user to a ‘Summary’ page on the ‘How Am I Doing’ screen. Here the user will find a Challenge Score!
- Each week a winner is declared using the highest Challenge Score amongst the participants. This score is based on the first 3 measurable outcomes on the left side of the graph (Calories Burned, Days Exercised, Avg. Cals/Day)
- At the end of the 30-day to 90-day challenge period (using 30 day increments), the participant with the highest Challenge Score under the ‘Past 30 Days’ or ‘Past 90 Days’ column wins.
*Balanced Cafe encourages the user to make meals with a Balance Factor close to 0 or less. This ensures the user is eating an adequate balance of the three macronutrients – carbohydrates, proteins, and fats – to meet the government’s nutritional requirements. (See the section on Canada’s Food Guide)
**Calories Burned is similar to a FitBit step counter. The app is calculating the deficit between calories eaten (Caloric Goal) and calories your body requires (Caloric Need) over a period of 7, 30, and 90 days.