WASHINGTON – Men's Health Network (MHN) in partnership with the Health & Wellness Committee of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity have launched the "Kappa Health Challenge" smart phone app.
The free app can be downloaded by I-phone, I-pad, I-touch and I-pod users through the AppStore. The app is mainly directed towards fraternity members, but it can benefit all men in learning more about their health.
"In an effort to expand the impact of the 'Healthy Kappas – Healthy Communities' program, we approached the Men's Health Network to combine our efforts to improve the health of our Fraternity. We came up with a tool that everyone could use – the idea of a Smartphone App was formed," said Edward R. Scott, II D.M.D., chairman, Health & Wellness Committee, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
"Good health should be a national priority that applies to every person and community. My hope is that all who have smart phones will download and take advantage of the technology – Good luck and good health!"
To use the Kappa Health Challenge app the user would need to create a personal health profile, including information, such as weight, height, birth date, and numbers for cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes. Next, the user can start a game by choosing to play a Facebook friend, play by username, or play Elder Diggs (one of the late revered founders, Elder Watson Diggs, who contributed in great ways at building the fraternity from its inception).
In collaboration with MHN it was established that the game categories will contain conditions that are pertinent to men's health and health prevention: blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, mental health, oral health, cancers and STIs/HIV. The fraternity also included a Kappa History category.
"With the launch of the 'Kappa Health Challenge' app, we now have an opportunity to reach and educate more men, young and the not-so-young ones alike," said Janet Matope, MHN community outreach director.
"Through taking on the health challenge, the app users will become more aware of their own health and will be provided with information on general health risks. We hope the newly gained knowledge will result in taking better care of themselves and improving their health. "