'Snack Planet' app promotes healthy snacking, exercise

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UNL Extension and Educational Media have teamed up to create "Snack Planet," a new iPad app available online through the Apple Store.

Snack Planet is a game developed to promote the benefits of healthy snacking and exercise. Help Optimis the robot move quickly thorough a maze, grab healthy foods and reach the exit before the time runs out. Beware of the unhealthy snacks — they reduce both time and score.

The game can be played individually or two can play at once on the same iPad. Game players get to run, skip and dance with the robot before proceeding to new Snack Planet levels. After level five, the game switches to an accelerometer that allows players and a partner to play against each other.

The app was showcased Sept. 1 at the Nebraska State Fair.

— Kayla Hinrichs, UNL Extension