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DishDash: University Student-Designed App Helps Students Eat Healthy

Update Date: Feb 12, 2017 11:32 AM EST

DishDash is an app available at Google Play that is aimed at helping students in University of Connecticut eat healthier. It was developed by a university student who wants to simplify the process of eating healthy.

James Pickett, an eighth semester student of the university, created the DishDash app. He said that the advantage of the app is one can enter or calculate one's diet specifications. Users can input his requirements for the day like calories per meals, proteins, fat and even carbohydrates goals. The app can automatically download the day's nutrition information and find foods to meet the user's requirements.

There are many dining apps in the Google Play that allows anyone to search for food and get the nutrition information. Picket believes that putting the data in the app manually or searching for various foods is time consuming. It is a barrier that will stop people to stop eating healthy. This kind of challenge has encouraged Picket to develop the DishDash app.

When Pickett was still a freshman, he set a goal to get fit but never saw it happened. He knew that diet is a large part of his goal to get fit. When he was eating at cafeteria, he has to check the nutrition facts and calculate everything which complicates the whole process. He said that he ends up eating burger and fries because he does not want to think too much about the complications of dieting.

The creator of DishDash is currently working on some updates for the app like an appearance overhaul. However, they want to know what users will think about it before fully committing into it. Picket is looking into additional updates for the dining app in Google play like looking for your favourite food, selecting dishes and seeing which cafeteria have them.

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