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HealthStart Teaches Healthy Habits with the Launch of Monstralia at International Games Day
AUSTIN, TX, November 5, 2018 – HealthStart Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping change the health of its community through early health education, will launch the mobile game, Monstralia™: A Healthy Life for Your Little Monster during International Games Day. The community is invited to join HealthStart Foundation at the Austin Central Library on Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. CT as they launch the game. Children will have the opportunity to play and download the Monstralia game in the Google Play store.
Through the Monstralia™ mobile game, young children, ages three to eight, will learn about healthy habits when they take care of the baby monsters who live on the Island of Monstralia. The health concepts found in the game include what to eat, types of physical activities needed to take care of your body, how to take care of one another, and how each part of the body takes care of us.
HealthStart began working on the game’s concept three years ago when the nonprofit participated in the ATX Hack for Change, hosted at St. Edward’s University, which brings technical talent and game designers together with social innovators to bring about social good through technology. HealthStart found a team of volunteers interested in helping to create a demo for the game that would become Monstralia.
“Monstralia takes the lessons HealthStart teaches in the classroom and puts them on mobile devices so good health lessons can go where kids are,” said Robin Herskowitz, Founder, HealthStart Foundation.
A year later, HealthStart became the St. Edward’s University Senior Game Design class’ client.
"Our relationship with HealthStart Foundation has been an outstanding opportunity for our students to get real-world experience making a game for a client. It's been a wonderful learning experience for our students as they express through gameplay HealthStart's core message of making healthy food choices,"said Robert Denton Bryant, Director of the Video Game Development Program, St. Edward's University.
To sign up to attend International Games Day and join HealthStart for the Monstralia™ game launchat the Austin Central Library, please visit: https://www.meetup.com/Austin-Public-Library-Board-Game-Meetup/events/254219366/.
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
WHAT: Monstralia™: A Healthy Life For Your Little Monster mobile game launch
WHERE: Austin Central Library, 3rd Floor, 710 W Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78701
About HealthStart Foundation:
Since 2010, HealthStart Foundation’s early, science-based health education programs have set a strong foundation for a healthier tomorrow. HealthStart gives children the blueprints for lifelong well-being by teaching kids to nourish their bodies, what role physical fitness plays in good health, and why caring for one another and our environment is essential for a healthy community. www.healthstartfoundation.org
About St. Edward’s University:
St. Edward’s University Bachelor’s in Video Game Development is unique in North America. The University’s majors learn the entire process of making games, from concept to release. In addition students develop communication and problem-solving skills through games projects that prepare them for leadership positions in the games industry.
Robin Herskowitz , Executive Director
HealthStart Foundation, Inc.