The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department will deliver three presentations starting this weekend as part of the American Public Health Association's annual meeting in Boston.
Two presentations cover separate mobile apps dealing with food safety and threat preparedness. The last presentation outlines the results of the school vaccination program.
The American Public Health Association's meeting, which takes place Nov. 2-6, attracts about 15,000 attendees every year, said Dr. Rahul Gupta, Kanawha-Charleston executive director.
"It's the largest gathering of public health individuals in the country under one roof," he said.
Gupta said officials are most excited about presenting on the department's new app, called KCHD Food.
In this app, people can choose restaurants, get directions to local places, look at inspections, find the amount of calories in their favorite foods and see how long they need to exercise to burn off those calories.
As an example, if a person were to look up a Hardee's large roast beef sandwich, the app lists the calories as 590 and says a person would need to walk 5.5 miles to burn off the calories from this sandwich.
Gupta said this project has been in the works for about a year, and although the free app already is available for download, it will officially be launched within the next few weeks.
The idea took off from managing food safety. Gupta said the department wanted to merge issues of food safety and obesity.
"We are trying to make sure people are aware of what they eat," Gupta said.
The app is divided into the separate sections of restaurant inspections, calorie info, food safety Q&A, restaurant locator and weight loss management.