Top Mobile Apps for Staying HealthyheadingContent

Posted on September 06, 2013

Did you know that there are over 100,000 mobile apps related to health and fitness available for smartphones? Consumers are increasingly relying on mobile applications to help them manage their health and fitness. From healthy eating and tracking fitness to managing chronic illness to scheduling appointments and ordering prescriptions, new apps aim to make taking care of one’s graphic of cell phone with medical app and a stethoscope wrapped around the phonehealth a bit easier.

So how do you choose which mobile apps to download? One way is to go over user reviews. The downside of basing your decision only on user reviews is that many don’t follow medical guidelines. Fortunately, companies like AppRx by HealthTap and Happtique allow doctors to recommend medical mobile apps to consumers.

If you don’t have the time or patience to do the research, here are a few mobile apps that Tenet Physician Services recommends:

  • ZocDoc is a free app that allows patients to find doctors or dentists who accept their insurance and book appointments.
  • MyFitnessPal is a free app that helps a user accurately track caloric intake and exercise. Some of the highlights include a food diary and a calorie counter with the largest nutritional database, built from a combination of restaurant menus, grocery-item data and users’ entries.
  • Stress Check helps you keep your stress in check. By placing your index finger on the camera lens of your phone, the app is able to measure your stress level while providing stress-busting tips and tricks.

It’s important not to get overwhelmed by the number of health-related apps out there. Keep in mind that you don’t need them all, and since so many are free or reasonably priced apps, it is best to try out a few that fit your needs. If they aren’t any good, you can always delete them and download a new one.