[HBCU News] Jackson State Students Create a Mobile App to Curb Obesity & Are to Compete in State Contest

Members of iTECHealth Systems aim to curb obesity through an app that measures, monitors and motivates Mississippians.

The Jackson State University students combined their business and health-care knowledge to create a business plan aimed at shrinking the state’s obesity numbers. The team of four, called iTECHealth Systems, competed in the statewide Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi Social Business Challenge on Feb. 10 after winning a campus business challenge last fall.

The team’s app is designed to measure health indicators such as heart rate and blood glucose, monitor health through virtual doctor visits, and motivate people to keep moving with a virtual fitness buddy.

The competition drew participants from each Mississippi Public University as well as the University of Mississippi Medical Center.


Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.