Game aims to encourage healthy lifestyle

Gaming and health don’t usually go hand-in-hand, but that’s all set to change thanks to our researchers, who are developing a digital game which encourages teenagers to eat smart and get active.

The University’s School of Engineering and Built Environment, in collaboration with the University of Southampton, is working on the game as part of a five-year programme which has received £2.2 million funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The game will take inspiration from social media such as Snapchat, fitness apps and successful real-world games such as Pokémon Go. It will support University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Southampton to work with teenagers, parents and schools, to help adolescents become fitter and eat better.

Game designers harness the power to have gamers undertake all kinds of weird and wonderful activities. We are going to tap into this process to find ways to help people really enjoy themselves as they try to live healthier lives.

David Farrell
Lecturer in games design