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Food Switch app to help consumers make healthier food choices

The FoodSwitch app, developed by the George Institute for Global Health to help you make healthier food choices is one of three winners of the Public Health England Award. The app was designed to help the consumer make better food choices and works by displaying nutritional information and offering the user healthier alternatives to the items in their shopping basket.

It was developed in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation, the Medical Research Council and researchers from the University of Oxford, is based on a similar app launched by the Food Policy Group at the George Institute for Global Health in Australia.

Red more about the app here and here and see our resources online for more food and sustainability apps for smartphones and tablets.  If you  know of other apps that we can add to our library collection please let us know.

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