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Fifty for the Future Recipient Wins Innovation Challenge

2012 Fifty for the Future recipient, Northwestern student and  founder of Jive Health, Dennis Ai and his team from Northwestern and Tribeca Flashpoint Academy competed and won  the End Childhood Obesity Innovation Award in Washington DC earlier this month.

Weinberg Students Win Innovation Challenge
By Rebecca Schechner ’14

A team led by two Weinberg College students has won the End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge, a national competition sponsored by the Partnership for a Healthier America.

The team’s company, JiveHealth, is designing games for smartphones to help children build healthy eating habits through play.

“Child obesity isn’t the problem,” company founder Dennis Ai ’13 says in JiveHealth’s winning video submission. “It’s the symptom.”

Ai, Christian Yenko ’15, and Hailey Schmidt and Nathan Wangler, both from Chicago’s Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, emerged as semifinalists in the competition after two months of public voting ended in January. Ai and Yenko are both majoring in computer science and economics at Northwestern.

After delivering a presentation to a panel of judges, the team was declared the winner March 8 at the Partnership for a Healthier America’s annual Building a Healthier Future Summit.

JiveHealth’s first video game, to be released this summer, will empower kids to take ownership of their diets. The goal is not to force children to eat things they don’t like, Ai says — it’s to help them find healthy alternatives that they love.

As grand-prize winners, JiveHealth received $10,000 in seed money, a chance to meet with First Lady Michelle Obama and access to some of the top marketing, health entrepreneur, business services and media organizations in the country.

Weinberg Students Win Innovation Challenge

By Rebecca Schechner ’14

A team led by two Weinberg College students has won the End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge, a national competition sponsored by the Partnership for a Healthier America.

The team’s company, JiveHealth, is designing games for smartphones to help children build healthy eating habits through play.

“Child obesity isn’t the problem,” company founder Dennis Ai ’13 says in JiveHealth’s winning video submission. “It’s the symptom.”

Ai, Christian Yenko ’15, and Hailey Schmidt and Nathan Wangler, both from Chicago’s Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, emerged as semifinalists in the competition after two months of public voting ended in January. Ai and Yenko are both majoring in computer science and economics at Northwestern.

After delivering a presentation to a panel of judges, the team was declared the winner March 8 at the Partnership for a Healthier America’s annual Building a Healthier Future Summit.

JiveHealth’s first video game, to be released this summer, will empower kids to take ownership of their diets. The goal is not to force children to eat things they don’t like, Ai says — it’s to help them find healthy alternatives that they love.

As grand-prize winners, JiveHealth received $10,000 in seed money, a chance to meet with First Lady Michelle Obama and access to some of the top marketing, health entrepreneur, business services and media organizations in the country.

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