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Good tucker [mobile app]

Posted on: 6 November, 2017
Issue: Vol 17 No 4, October 2017 – December 2017
Related to Health promotion Nutrition Remote

Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up (2017)
Good tucker [mobile app]
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The Good tucker mobile app aims to assist people living in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to make healthier food and beverage choices at the local store.

The app allows shoppers to scan a food or beverage product’s barcode and instantly reveal if it is a healthy option, should be consumed in moderation or avoided altogether. The app shows at a glance how healthy or unhealthy a product is with a simple thumbs up, sideways or down message. The thumbs rating is derived from a combination of the products health star rating and Australian Bureau of Statistics discretionary food classification.

The Good tucker app works on:

  • Apple mobile devices that have a camera with auto-focus. Requires iOS 7.0 or later.
  • Android devices running versions 4.0.x and above that have a camera with autofocus.

As all the information is in the app there is no need for the user to be in internet or phone range to use the app.

The app was developed by the Jimmy Little Foundation, in partnership with the Menzies School of Health Research, the University of South Australia and the George Institute for Global Health.

The app is named in memory of singer Jimmy Little.

Abstract adapted from NACCHO

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