Keeping up with your health goals? There’s an app for that

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Just in time for those New Year’s resolutions, a new, free mobile app is making it easier for users to create and track their healthy habits. My Healthy Habits is part of an American Heart Association “Listen to Your Heart” initiative.

Supported by Indiana University Health, the app is now available on iTunes for iPhone and iPad users. It will become available to Android users in early 2013.

The new app allows users to:

  • Lead healthier lives by selecting from a list of physician-approved healthier habits to incorporate into their daily routine, such as eating four to five servings of vegetables and fruits a day or getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night
  • Customize their own healthy habits
  • Track their progress over 21 days
  • Share their progress with friends via social media
  • Receive push notifications to help motivate and maintain those healthy habits

“We know friends and family members often have a big impact on our health habits – for better or worse,” Dr. Yazid Fadl, IU Health cardiologist, said. “With the popularity of social media and smartphone apps, My Healthy Habits is another creative way to encourage others to also adopt healthy habits by letting them follow their friends’ progress online.”

Many wellness apps cater to those who are already relatively fit. For example, there are apps geared toward helping train experienced runners for participating in a marathon. My Healthy Habits, on the other hand, caters to everyone from those wanting to take that first step toward living a healthier life to those looking to add just a few more healthy habits. That difference has already caught the attention of several individuals, including Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel, who endorses the app.

“The Indiana Pacers and I support any initiative to get Hoosiers moving, and My Healthy Habits is a creative, homegrown app that change lifestyles with the click of a button,” Vogel said.

To download the app, visit the iTunes store and search for “My Healthy Habits.”

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