Forget the P90... Can Facebook Games Make You Healthier?

Spreading health awareness isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but one start-up based in Boston, MA is trying to change just that with their Facebook game. MeYouHealth recently launched their Daily Challenge game where simple healthy steps are gamified, which is the process of introducing game mechanics into websites. What’s interesting here is some of the steps are purely for awareness “We believe these conversations –and the networks in which they occur– help people adopt and sustain healthy behaviors” said Trapper Markelz, Head of Product “By integrating with Facebook, we see an opportunity to create more intimate, trusted social sub-networks where meaningful and influential conversations can take place.” Markelz references MIT research and the pressures of social networks but what’s at the core of their products is quite simple: getting people to think about health.