POPULAR HEALTH AND WELLNESS APPS
Early Detection Plan: Breast Cancer
The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s Early Detection Plan (EDP) enables you to be proactive about your health by reminding you to perform routine breast self-exams and to schedule clinical breast exams and mammograms, depending on your age and health history.
HealthyOut – This app makes it easy to find and order healthy restaurant dishes in over 500 cities.
Search by calories, points, or nutrition tags like ‘cuisine,’ ‘vegetarian,’ or ‘heart healthy.’ Free version for iOS and Android devices.
Farm Star Living – Find the best farm-to-table restaurants near you — no matter where you are in the nation. Access directions, links, phone numbers, and restaurant reviews. Free for iOS and Android devices.
Greece Mobile Reference – Learn more about the Greek culture in this free app for Android and iPhone devices. Access local language phrasebooks, locate major attractions and archaeological sites, and find top-rated restaurants.
SimplyHealth Back Care – This app provides information on how to manage and prevent back pain. Access exercise videos to improve back strength and flexibility. Free for iOS and Android devices.
Bewilderness – Use this app as your outdoor reference manual for common poisonous plants. Compare plants around you to poison ivy, oak, and sumac. Learn how to treat exposure. $0.99 for iPhone and iPad.
AllTrails – This app lets users browse over 40,000 high-quality trails guides for everything from hiking and mountain biking to fishing and snowshoeing. Track your adventures and share with friends! Free for iPhone and Android devices.
National Parks – This app from National Geographic lets you virtually explore US national parks. Get park recommendations, find out the must-do’s, and discover the secrets of each park. Free for iPhone and iPad.
Classic Camping Cookbook & Meal Planner – From the camping experts at Coleman, this app makes planning, shopping for, and cooking meals under the stars easy and delicious. Organize meals based on food type, category, and ingredients. Free, available for iPhone only.
Pocket First Aide & CPR – This app is an easy-to-use emergency guide that includes information on First Aid basics, CPR, and other medical and environmental emergencies. All content is provided by the American Heart Association. $1.99 for iPhone and Android.
Garmin Fit – This runner’s app lets users keep track of how long they’ve been running, distance, speed, and calories burned. Running history with maps logs your past runs. Soundtrack feature included. $0.99 for iPhone and Android.
Cessation Nation – This app helps people kick the cigarette habit by tracking the monetary savings of not smoking, offering distracting games to play to cope with cravings, and promoting the health benefits of a tobacco-free lifestyle. Users can also keep a running tally of the number of cigarettes they’ve avoided. Free for iPhone and Android.
Nike+ Running – This fitness training app lets users map runs, track progress, and get the motivation they need to keep going. Monitor distance, pace, time, and calories burned. Free for iPhone and Android.
WebMD – Get trusted health information anytime and anyplace. Check symptoms, research health conditions and treatments, access a pill identification tool, and learn first aid essentials with the WebMD app. Free for iPhone and Android.
Sleep as Android – Perfect for night owls, this app measures your sleep cycle, provides a music playback function so you can create soundtracks for sleep, and offers a gentle-wake alarm. Sleep noise recording is also a popular feature with Sleep as Android. Free version available for Android, $2.99 for full version.
Fitbit – Combining a range of activity, sleep, and health-related products with supportive apps, Fitbit has quickly become synonymous with the tech-supported fitness movement. After reviewing various fitness tracking devices, Lighten Up 4 Life determined Fitbit to be the most accurate and we’ve become an official Fitbit affiliate. Give it a try today!
Relax and Sleep Well – This app offers the sleep-deprived a 27-minute hypnotherapy session for deep relaxation. Developed by leading UK hypnotherapist, Glenn Harold, the app features Harold’s soothing voice against a backdrop of soothing sound effects, affirmations, and direct suggestions that facilitate profound relaxation. Free for iPhone and Android.
Hot5 – Boost your current fitness routine or build one with Hot5. This apps contains provides users with loads of 5-minute workout videos for every skill level, interest, and area of focus. From yoga to rock-hard ab work, Hot5 is your perfect mobile fitness pal. Free; iPhone only.
Relaxing Sounds of Nature Lite – Lull yourself to sleep at the end of a long day or just take a moment or two to de-stress with this free app by Red Hammer Software. Blend natural soundscapes and soothing images together to downshift and promote relaxation. Free for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch.
Weight Watchers Mobile – Take your personal weight loss coach wherever you go! This app offers recipes, exercise information, success stories, and other resources to help you stay on-track and motivated. The app works in tandem with Weight Watchers’ PointsPlus program and is free for iPhone and Android.
Sleepbot – When we sleep better, we cope with stress better — and that can help us lose weight! Sleepbot is a popular sleep-tracking app that monitors sleep cycles, provides ambient sounds to promote sleep, and comes with customizable smart alarms. Free version available for Android and iPhone.
LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach – This free app helps you find the right smoking-cessation app for your lifestyle. Analyze your current consumption, set goals, and customize your reduction schedule. Available for iPhone only.
CRON-O-meter – This simple tool helps users take charge of their nutrition. Monitor your daily calorie intake and compare that data your goal, add custom recipes and personal food favorites, track activity, and review your progress over time. This app is highly-praised for its simple interface and ease-of-use. Free for Android and iPhone.
Gym Pact – Lose weight and earn cash. Gym Pact lets you connect with its community of users to make weight loss pacts. If you meet your goals, you earn money; if you fall short, you owe. How’s that for motivation? Free versions are available for Android and iPhone.
Diet Assistant – Weight Loss – Diet Assistant is billed as a personal weight-loss coach and virtual chef all in one. It provides users with healthy, personalized weight-loss resources that include grocery lists, a weight-loss tracker, a BMI calculator, and more. Free versions are available for both Android and iPhone.