The future of health is in your hands — and mobile device.

That’s the goal of the “ Mobile App Challenge,” a contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and one of its websites to design a downloadable program in the name of prevention and wellness. image

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are hosting a mobile app challenge. Photo by HHS

The challenge will allow for people with Web expertise to create the best-possible resource for health consumers seeking preventive care, according to

The contest opened for submissions Dec. 6 on — a federal website that encourages public participation to address “the nation’s most pressing challenges.” Entries are due by Feb. 1, after which a panel will award the top three submissions with $10,000 to create their apps. On March 15, HHS will notify the grand prize winner.

Other interactive contests featured on its website include the “Stop Bullying Video Challenge” and another app challenge promoting leadership opportunities for young girls.

The app “should include Quick Guide to Healthy Living topics and information about preventive services covered under the Affordable Care Act,” according to the challenge description. More criteria is available on Health 2.0.