3 Mobile Apps That Could Raise and Maintain Your Health

I recently discovered three free mobile applications that you can use to improve your health and stay healthy. They are available for free from the government. They have several apps available that may be of interest to you, but there are 3 in particular that you can use to stay healthy.

The first is a BMI calculator. As taken from their website:

“BMI is a reliable indicator of total body fat, which is related to the risk of disease and death”.

In most cases this method of calculating your BMI is great to give you an idea of where you stand. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services a normal weight is a BMI in the range of 18.5-24.9. Anything less is considered underweight and anything over is considered overweight. A BMI greater than 30 is considered obese. The one instance were BMI does not work is for an individual who is in really good shape and has a large percentage of muscle mass. The large amount of muscle makes the individual weigh more, resulting in a large BMI according to this calculation. If you know you are one of these people then you don’t need to calculate your BMI anyway.

The second free app is MedlinePlus Mobile. This is not an actual downloadable application, but rather a mobile version of medlineplus.gov. This is an excellent source for health information. It has great explanations of conditions and diseases and great information about drugs and natural supplements.

The third free health app they offer is My Food-a-Pedia. This application is similar to the second in that it is not an actual downloadable app. Here is their description of the app.

“MyFood-A-Pedia is a mobile tool to provide consumers quick access to nutrition information for over 1,000 foods. MyFood-a-pedia includes: calorie amounts, contribution of a food to the five food groups, and number of “extra” calories in a food from solid fats, added sugars, and alcohol.”

This is a great source for nutritional information for anyone on the go. They even have the ability to compare two different foods. Not sure whether to choose the hamburger or the chicken sandwich, plug in the info from your phone to this online tool and it will instantly tell you the difference in nutritional content.

Do you have any mobile applications that you use to stay healthy?