'Snack Neutralizer' wins award from White House

Posted October 13, 2010

— A Wake County school teacher has won recognition from the White House for his efforts to fight childhood obesity with a computer game called the "Snack Neutralizer."

Jeffrey Schwartz, a teacher at Herbert Akins Road Elementary School in Fuquay-Varina, won an honorable mention in the Apps for Healthy Kids competition, which was part of First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign to against childhood obesity.

The competition challenged software developers and game designers to create fun, engaging software and tools to motivate children and their parents to eat better and be more physically active.

Schwartz said that his game was driven by a simple concept – showing children how much activity it would take to burn off the calories in their favorite snacks.

"Seeing a number of minutes or a number of push-ups that you have to do if you eat a cookie as opposed to a handful of grapes – that is right there. It's as concrete as it gets," he said.

The award carries a $1,000 cash prize, and Schwartz will be recognized along with other winners in a ceremony at the White House.


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  • fishon Oct 14, 2010

    How many people eat a whole pie?

  • HopingForABetterWorld Oct 14, 2010

    Funny how some of you complain about this but don't complain about the state law that requires teachers to give active recess time to help with obesity. He's trying to build on this and help kids be hungry, and some of you are bashing him? Wow! You all get rid of the state law and make obesity the parents' responsibility where it belongs, and then maybe the teachers will stop focusing on it so they can focus on math and reading.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 14, 2010

    Yeah, let us berate people for as long as possible. Maybe this teacher should worry about these students educational accomplishments instead of their weight.

  • sammyg Oct 14, 2010

    My child tried this and it cut through all the noise and made her understand not just how to lose weight but a little more about how the body works. It's a fantastic idea. Her class used a piece of candy and then had to bike it off.

    Side note- I also have a lot of trouble with the moderator on GOLO. I'm starting to feel like I'm being picked on or something!!

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Oct 13, 2010

    Thank you!

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Oct 13, 2010

    GOLO why are you blocking my comments agreeing with Dat MoFo? All I was trying to do was agree with their post, what's the problem? I have to assume that it is because my text includes their username. I have tried two other times to simply agree with what they said. Either allow my comments or do not allow that type of user name! You're being real silly about this...

  • miketroll3572 Oct 13, 2010

    I hope this is a joke, kinda like obama winning the nobel prize....

  • TravelinMan Oct 13, 2010

    The best snack neutralizer would be to get little Johnny or Janey up & away from their computer/cell phone/Xbox or any other electronic gadget you can think of and tell them to go outside & play games that include running, jumping & real socializing-not just texting or facebook.

  • baracus Oct 13, 2010

    "If anything, this website would be very discouraging, as it appears to be an unrealistic goal to attain."

    Well, of course the amount of exercise needed to work off a WHOLE PIE will be discouraging. A single piece is a bit more realistic. Really though, the point is to discourage - discourage them from having a "small" afterschool snack that would take hours of exercise to burn off.

  • Das G Oct 13, 2010

    "I tried the game, and put in a Strawberry Pie (almost 3000 calories). The amount of exercise needed to work off those calories was in days, not hours. Almost 30,000 situps. 10's of thousands of yoga hours. If anything, this website would be very discouraging, as it appears to be an unrealistic goal to attain. I question the reliability of the numbers."

    Odd, it seems like a very realistic goal to attain to me. As in "Don't eat a whole strawberry pie." Actually, I'm pretty sure that's the point of the game.