An app developed by the George Institute for Global Health was one of three winners of a new competition run by Public Health England.
The FoodSwitch app, developed in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation, the Medical Research Council and researchers from the University of Oxford, is based on a similar app launched by the Food Policy Group at the George Institute for Global Health in Australia, and was designed to help the consumer make better food choices. It works by displaying nutritional information and offering the user healthier alternatives to the items in their shopping basket.
Public Health England launched the 'Health X' competition in an aim to transform the way people use technology to monitor and improve their health. One hundred and thirty eight entries were submitted, and ten finalists shortlisted before the three winners were chosen.
"FoodSwich is an idea with the potential to change every shopping basket in the country". Public Health England Award Judges.