Wednesday, March 3, 2010
In honor of my first day being the parent of a TEENAGER, I thought I'd talk about some fun APPs. I am constantly amazed at the variety of health-related apps that my patients bring to my attention. I've already commented in a previous post about the period tracker (probably my favorite app to recommend). Several of my patients enjoy "Lose It", an app that is a basic food/exercise diary. They appreciate the immediate feedback- both from calories in ("OMG, I never knew Caesar salads had so many calories!") to calories out. Like a pedometer, people find ways to squeeze in just a few extra minutes of exercise when they see how it stacks up next to their intake. Another favorite is "Restaurant Nutrition," which gives you quick access to popular restaurant menu nutrition information. Can't sleep? Sleepmaker Wildlife is a free app for nature sounds to help you fall asleep, and there are several meditation apps that make it easier to relax, even if it's only a five minute escape.
BOTTOM LINE: Check out the free apps in the health section of the iTune store, and treat yourself to a few new techno-health aides!