San antonio – A San Antonio youth uses his technological skills to help the younger community lead a healthier life.
Isabella Jimenez, 16, is a Johnson High School student. He made an application, “My Fun Food”.
“The overall goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle in San Antonio,” said Jimenez. “I created an interactive cooking app for kids that contains kid-friendly and healthy recipes.”
It took Jimenez nearly three years to create the application, including a recipe he created himself.
He said it all started with a service project.
“I was elected as an ambassador for the Mayor’s Fitness Ambassador Program under Mayor Castro,” said Jimenez.
The application development also started from the personal experience of Jimenez, who is a very active student athlete.
“Even though I am a competitive swimmer and I consistently exercise, I am not getting a good diet,” said Jimenez. “I notice it when I gain weight even though I exercise two hours in the morning and two hours at night.”
She said it was a trip to a pediatrician that got her back on the right track.
“My pediatrician has really noticed the precursor of diabetes in my neck,” said Jimenez. “Diabetes has run in my family. I’ve seen it with my grandparents who have Type 1. “
Jimenez said he was starting to be very careful about the various things he put into his body.
“I noticed the precursors on my neck were disappearing and I was starting to get less tired in the water.”
Jimenez says he now wants that experience for others in the community, especially the underserved.
The application can be downloaded for free at the Apple Store.
The app also includes games for children to play while waiting for food to cook.
“I am very proud that she put the pieces together to come up with something unique and personal to her and she did not back down,” said her mother Mary Jimenez.
Jimenez said he hopes to help others on this healthy journey, one student at a time.
“If you do something, do it to your advantage,” said Jimenez.
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