Pinellas County iPhone app links users to physical activity
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- It's only the second month into the New Year and you've already broken your "get into shape" resolution because you can't find activities that are fun and that fit into your schedule. Well...now there's an app for that!
Residents of Pinellas County Florida are trying out the new iPhone app launched by the Pinellas County Health Department that helps them find active fun fast - all at their fingertips.
The Health Department's Find-the-Fun-Now campaign launched the iPhone app this week that offers Tampa Bay residents hundreds of alternatives to screen time, from sunrise walks to zumba classes. Using geolocation technology, the app suggests actively fun activities, as well as ideas for where to find nutritious food, near a user's location or in a specific neighborhood or zip code.
"Since we live amid so many amazing parks and beaches, active fun - the kind that keeps you healthy and feeling good - is right at our doorstep," said Dr. Claude Dharamraj, the director of the Pinellas County Health Department, which is managing a campaign funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As with the Find-the-Fun-Now website, users of the new app can search by neighborhood, budget, time of day, how much time they have for a fun activity and the kind of people they want to invite. The app then searches a database of hundreds of activities and returns a list of ideas for the user to consider, along with descriptions and directions.
In addition to finding fun activities, app users can locate the area's many open-air farmers' markets and produce stands that carry affordable, fresh food selections. The Find-the-Fun-Now Campaign, launched last October, was created to help residents recognize that they don't have to hit the treadmill to get moving or break their budget to eat healthy.
The app is available for download in the iTunes store. An android version will be launched next month.
The FindTheFunNow.com campaign is part of a larger program being funded in Pinellas County and 49 other communities across the country called Communities Putting Prevention to Work. CPPW is funded by the CDC to address the nation's two leading causes of death and chronic disease: obesity and tobacco.
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