Jayhawk Fuel App to Aid Student-Athlete Nutrition Decision Making
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Whether they’re dining out or dining in, Kansas student-athletes have a new tool to help make the best food choices as Kansas Athletics’ sports nutrition unit has partnered with MobileSmith to deliver the Jayhawk Fuel app for mobile devices.
Launched for iOS in Apple’s Store and for Android via Google Play this week, the app is intended to enhance the training and performance efforts of the Jayhawks by empowering individuals to prepare or choose recommended food options. The initial launch puts the newly-published Jayhawk Fuel High Performance Cookbook, a listing of better and best options at local restaurants, and a handful of helpful resources, at the fingertips of every Kansas student-athlete.
“The Jayhawk Fuel app was created to deliver our student-athletes a more modern educational tool aimed to give them relevant, practical fueling strategies at home and when dining out,” Kansas sports nutritionist Aaron Carbuhn said. “MobileSmith has provided us an invaluable digital platform that will not only assist all of our student-athletes, but also help all the tremendous supporters of Kansas Athletics make smarter nutrition choices to better fuel their performance.”
In addition to the quickly-accessed prompts for ‘Dining In’ and ‘Dining Out’ in the app, Jayhawk Fuel resources include sports nutrition staff bios, a collection of team nutrition guides, a consultation request form for student-athletes, helpful links and a weekly training table menu for Mrs. E’s cafeteria on campus. The ‘Dining Out’ portion of the app uses the device’s geo location to determine nearby options in the database of restaurants for further convenience. The app also includes feeds from Jayhawk Fuel on Twitter (@JayhawkFuel) and Facebook.
One of just a few of its kind in collegiate athletics, the Jayhawk Fuel app was developed in a matter of weeks using data feeds and MobileSmith’s user-friendly content management system (CMS). The MobileSmith team helped untangle a digital mess of PDFs, Word documents, Publisher files, and convert the data into useable feeds, quickly moving the project from idea to finished product.
MobileSmith’s award-winning mobile app development platform will allow the Kansas Athletics sports nutrition staff and digital team to quickly update the app with new content and has a host of additional functionalities – like push notifications and beacon technology – not yet utilized in the initial release of Jayhawk Fuel.
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