New app helps maintain healthy habits
A new mobile app from Indiana University Health is available to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions. My Healthy Habits is a free iPhone app that allows you to select from a list of pre-loaded healthy habits such as “Be Active,” “Eat a Healthy Breakfast” or “Get 7-8 Hours of Sleep.” You can also create your own unique healthy habit to incorporate into your daily routine.
What sets this mobile app apart from what dieticians have been asking patients to do for years? Tracking progress. The app makes it easier for patients to track their efforts over 21 days, along with an option to receive daily push notifications to maintain healthy new habits. You can also share your progress via Facebook or Twitter, to help garner the support of your family and friends online.
“I think this works really well in today’s social media environment,” says Mary Carroll, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Advocate Condell Medical Center. “So many of our patients are really tech-savvy, so any application that helps to instantly input your progress, but also keeps family and friends involved is a great tool. It’s so hard for us to stay focused on our health, but I could see this app going a long way in keeping you healthy.”
The free app is currently only available for iOS platforms, but an Android version is expected out next month.
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