mHealth and Technology in Action: 3 Apps to Improve Your Health

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Aetna Foundation.

Technology and Healthcare are my world. I’ve devoted my life and career to helping others use and become more empowered to use technology so it warms my nerdy little heart when I hear about others doing the very same thing. However, it’s one thing to say that you support using technology to improve health and lives, but it’s quite another when you put your money where your mouth it. That’s exactly what the Aetna Foundation is doing by donating $1.2 million in grants to further use of digital and mobile health (mHealth) technologies. Because frankly, what’s the point of having all this amazing technology if we’re not going to use it for something awesome like improving public health!

Aetna Foundation Digital Health InfographicYou may not realize it, but according to Pew Research Center one out of every three cell phone users has used their mobile device to access health information. This could be anything from looking up their symptoms of WebMD to using a health and fitness app to lose weight. Smartphone apps allow vulnerable and minority populations access to valuable health information that they might not receive otherwise.

My favorite thing about technology is that is makes things easier.  Smartphone apps can be a huge help by creating healthy habit through a convenient and motivating source. Here are 3 FREE mHealth Apps that will help make getting and staying health easier:

  • zombies run appMy Fitness Pal (FREE) – Food diary, exercise log, weight loss motivator, and general health companion.
  • hot5 (FREE) – This app filled with tons of quick 5 minute work outs to get you fit even when you’re tight on time.
  • Zombies, Run! (FREE) – If you just can’t find your own motivation to work out, then perhaps fearing for your life will help you pick up the pace. This app gives you an alternate reality experience as you complete missions to escape from zombies while you run in real life.

The App and Google Play stores are fill with thousands of apps that can help you to improve your health. What sort of mobile health apps do you use?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Aetna Foundation.

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  1. selfemployedMSN says

    The Nerdy Nurse,
    Great post. I personal love the My Fitness Pal one! I can’t wait to try the Hot5. The infographic is lovely and I will be sharing on social.

  2. says

    Ahh…. Love this! The Hot5 sounds perfect for busy nurses. The Zombie app made me laugh out loud, literally. I totally think that bringing FUN into the workout makes for a way to keep us going back for more. Awesome post!

  3. says

    selfemployedMSN  Don’t you just love that My Fitness Pal? It confirms my suspicious that I eat less calories a day than I supposed to require yet also seems to encourage me to get on the treadmill at the same time. It’s a huge accountability booster, that’s for sure! :) Glad you enjoyed the infographic. I was excited to work with Aetna and loved the infographic they provided.

  4. says

    elizabeth scala  yes it is. Be cautious, however, as many of the workouts are high intensity and can take as much out of you as a 30 minute exercise routine.  :)

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