He’s all of 10, but the sight of many children his age developing obesity and other health issues due to spending time in front of mobile screens instead of playing outdoors, worried Chennai boy CB Sajan.
After a couple of years of learning to code starting the age of eight, the whiz-kid is now an app creator. His platform, Universal Health App has been designed to keep track of various health parameters among kids and adults, and notify them of the changes required in their lifestyle to shed extra weight and stay healthy.
“The app can keep track of heart rate, body mass index (BMI), by inputting one’s height, weight and pulse rate. It also recommends if children or adults need to lose weight and the amount of exercise they need to perform daily to achieve the same. When I realised that many children my age are not spending their time in playing outdoors, it made me want to create this app to help both kids and adults,” says Sajan, a Class 5 student at a city school. Sajan, who started learning HTML programming language at eight, was then introduced to other coding languages through the digital coding platform, WhiteHat Jr.
“The coaching I received through the platform made coding easier for me. I could code the Universal Health App within just four days,” he adds. The young app-maker, is now working on another application that presents dynamic information about countries, their population, languages spoken, latitudes and longitudes they’re located along, etc. “I want to continue coding ahead and aim to become a robotic scientist,” Sajan shares.
Karan Bajaj, the founder and chief executive of WhiteHat Jr, tells us, “Sajan being a curious kid noticed that most kids his age are grappling with obesity and lethargy. He realised that none of the health apps available are focused on children’s health and well-being. So, when he came up with the idea, our teachers helped him through the step-by-step coding process. His app is available on the play store and is accessible for others to use.”