The results of the Surgeon General’s Healthy App Challenge highlight the ability of innovative new technologies to provide health information tailored to the needs of the user, and empower the public to regularly engage in and enjoy health-promoting behaviors.
Healthy Eating / Nutrition
GoodGuide (available for both iOS and Android). This app makes it easy to get the information you need about your food, personal care, and household products to help you make healthy (and green and ethical) choices. You can use the bar code scanner to get this information while you shop and select products based on your preferences.
Fooducate (available for both iOS and Android). This app helps you make healthy food choices. When shopping you can scan the product bar code for a quick read on a food’s health value, represented by a letter grade from A to D, plus additional information such as nutrients and additives. The app can offer healthier alternatives and compare two products side-by-side.
Physical Fitness / Activity
Lose It! (available for iOS; it can also be used on the web). This app helps you achieve your diet and exercise goals. It allows you to set a daily calorie budget and then prompts you to record your food intake and exercise to meet that budget. You also can invite your friends to view your logs on Facebook to boost your motivation and encourage one another.
Fit Friendzy (available for iOS). This app encourages everyone to be more active by highlighting the benefits of not just traditional exercise but also of tasks like gardening, dancing, housecleaning, and snow shoveling. You can challenge yourself or join in challenges with your friends. There is also the option to share your exercise data with your health care provider.
MapMyFitness (available for iOS, BlackBerry and Android). This app encompasses both fitness and nutrition education. It lets you use the built-in GPS of your mobile device to track your fitness activities. You can establish a training log, record your activity, keep track of calories consumed, and share your information with friends.
Integrative Health / Well-being
Healthy Habits (available for iOS). This app recognizes that good health is not just about keeping active and eating healthily, but also about getting a good night’s sleep, thinking positively, and spending time with family and friends. It also addresses health issues such as smoking, wearing sunscreen, taking time for creative activities, and reducing stress. You can choose which healthy habits you want to track. .
Max’s Plate (available for iOS). This app educates young children (and their parents) about healthy eating. It provides a fun and entertaining way to learn about good nutrition.
Short Sequence: Kids’ Yoga Journey (available for iOS, Android and Nook). This app has simple instructions for yoga poses for children and beautiful illustrations.
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