Tiedt develops wellness-themed app to promote health and fitness

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2016-12-14 07:14:29 - General

Kris Tiedt
Kris Tiedt

Coe College Head Women's Tennis Coach Kris Tiedt recently released a wellness-themed app called KT23Fit. The app aims to provide a simple measure for daily physical well-being and track total wellness via dimensions beyond physical.

Each day, the user can earn up to 23 points: one point is earned for each hour slept, each eight-ounce serving of water consumed, and the consumption of one of the 23 superfoods on Tiedt's favorites list. Tiedt believes that a consistent score of more than 18 physically prepares the end user to present their best self for the potential demands of an academic test, athletic practice, parenting and life in general.

The app is currently available on the App store for iOS systems for $0.99.

Tiedt has designed the app to be totally customizable for each user. There is a list of her 23 favorite superfoods; however, if a user has a dietary restraint or personal preference they are allowed to substitute the item with a different superfood.

"This places the responsibility for the research on the user," said Tiedt. "It's not just me telling the user what is good for them. They have to actively seek out, and thus acquire knowledge of superfoods themselves."

There is a workout component to the app as well. Users can follow along with a guided workout session focused on the work-to-rest ratio. Coe student Nate Ackert created the music track for this feature. Currently, there is one track available, but Tiedt and Ackert are working on getting more tracks for users to have versatility in the music selection.

Although the app was developed independent of Coe, Tiedt uses the app for fitness classes she teaches at the college, as well as strength and conditioning sessions, given her role as a strength and conditioning coach for seven Kohawk athletic teams on campus. She has found that the work-to-rest ratio has increased the intensity demonstrated by participants since happy hops (burpees) or sprints, for instance, are performed for only 25 seconds.

"We set up the strength and conditioning sessions with seven different stations, demonstrate it, then press play in the app," said Tiedt. "Coe student Keegan McIntosh has been instrumental in bringing new ideas for stations, assisting with technique, and serving as an example with regard to his intensity and positivity."

Another bonus feature of the app is a compass that includes physical well-being, but also highlights additional dimensions such as emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual and occupational. The focus is to educate users that well-being is more than just nutrition and fitness. Tiedt credits fellow members of the Coe faculty/staff Wellness Committee for educating her over the years on the various dimensions, and positively encouraging total well-being across campus.

Looking forward, Tiedt plans to update the app early next year.

"I'd like to simplify the introduction and tutorials by removing much of the text and making it image based. We are also looking to add social networking capabilities such that there can be groups, and heightened accountability, within the app," said Tiedt. "Finally, I have ideas to gamify the app in hopes to make it more fun to use on a daily basis."

Additional Kohawks who assisted in the creation of the app include alumnus Steve Howes and longtime Head Men's Tennis Coach Eric Rodgers. Howes performed legal work, while Rodgers invested in the project.