What is 'My Health Coach'?
Basically, 'My Health Coach' is a tool to help teenagers and adults manage their weight and daily lifestyles. Thus, although it does include game-style quizzes, it in itself is NOT a game.
What does it involve?
MHC helps you to think about changing your lifestyle to a more healthier one by four different methods. Firstly, it monitors the number of steps you walk each day, for which you get a nifty little pedometer that can slot into your DS after a day's walking and calculate your steps.
Secondly, it looks at your food consumption - there are two ways to do this: quickly and detailed. The quick version allows you to determine whether you've had heavy, balanced or light meals throughout the day and gives you
an estimated calorific value for the day. However, as you can imagine, this is not very accurate, which is where the detailed version is helpful. In the detailed version, you can actually select the foods and type of foods you have eaten that day, along with how many actual portions of the food you have consumed. This gives a more accurate estimate of the food you have eaten.
It also checks how much physical activity (besides the pedometor) you have undertaken throughout the day and asks you to record how long you have spent doing physical activities, and what types of physical activity you have done that day.
From the above information, it then calculates your 'Food Balance.' This is represented as a scale, which shows whether you have eaten enough food and done enough physical activity to keep a healthy balance for that day.
MHC also offers 'coaching sessions' on areas of health such as 'Getting more exercise' and 'Eating Healthily' etc.
Where's the fun in that?
Actually, it is surprisingly fun. There are lots of little quirks that make this game interactive. For example, the 'food consumption' section actually makes the 'Player' feed their daily food intake (including accurate portions) to their animated Health Coach via the stylus.
Moreover, MHC features quizzes in the coaching session that determine how healthy you are and give you ratings based on your answers. For example, in the 'Steps to Health' coaching session, which is about walking and moving about more often, the ratings are a) stationary object, b) centipede c) escalator
Of course, there is also the usual mini-games, which are based around your
knowlege of health, food and basic human structure. These allow you to unlock new content within MHC.
Also, there are daily challenges to complete, but none are mandatory, so you get a choice of which ones you want to undertake per day. Challenges fit into four categories: Minute challenges, in which you are given easy tasks
that can be completed in a matter of minutes, 24-hour challenges (usually, but not always physical in nature) that must be completed by the end of the day. For example, "Put your TV remote away and change the channel yourself every time", then there are 'surprise' challenges, and challenges based on your coaching sessions.
When you complete a challenge, you gain a participation stamp and can unlock new content. You can choose up to six challenges each day, but must do at least one per day to proceed to the next stage of MHC.
Okay, but what's the point of all these things?
Well, apart from achieving a healthier you, the goal of all these things is 'milestones' and 'distance'.When you first start MHC, you will be asked to give the following information: Gender, Age, Height and Weight. The DS will then calculate your individual weight management plan.You are also given daily objectives that must be fulfilled to progress.
It won't be to everyone's tastes, but I like it!