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New healthy living app needs volunteers

People in Staffordshire are being encouraged to help shape and design a healthy living App.

The My Kin wellbeing mobile phone application is being developed by technology company Sentimoto with help from Staffordshire County Council.

The App helps people to ‘self-assess’ their health and well-being, using trusted NHS tools, and signpost them to appropriate local activities and organisations.

People will also be able to create their own support network to help motivate them into leading a healthier lifestyle.

The latest version of the app now includes a location feature which will let users know about wellbeing activities going on in their local area.

Two small trials of the App were carried out last year, with the feedback gathered from more than 100 users directly influencing changes.  Now, more people are being sought to use the app and feedback on how it should work.

Volunteers should be aged over 40, live in Staffordshire and have a mobile phone that runs Android applications.

Alan White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Well-being at Staffordshire County Council said:

“One of our key priorities is to help people lead healthier and happier lifestyles and this new App will give people more choice and control in how they do this.

“Our Public Health team are working closely with the developer to make sure we get it right and that it has everything that people need to help them improve their health and wellbeing.  The two small trials we held last year meant the App could be tweaked and adjusted based on people’s feedback, and we now want to hold another trial to see what people think.

“I would encourage anyone who fits the criteria and has an interest in being healthy, to download the app and let us know what they think of it.”

For more information on the app, visit:  www.sentimoto.com/staffordshire-pilot