Posts Tagged 'apps'

Make Mobile Technologies for Behavior Change a Priority in 2013

Jan 03

Many people are kicking off the new year with resolutions to improve their health by adopting new behaviors. While the desire to change one’s behavior may be strong at the beginning of the year, it often wanes as time goes by. This drop-off is common in the behavior change cycle, creating a challenge for social […]

Quantified Self: Is self-tracking the future of behavior change?

Feb 23

I sat down with Ernesto for a Q&A on the “quantified self” movement and how it might be applied to public health in the near future.

Best Practices for Federal Government Challenges and Contests

Nov 09

As the Federal Government increases its use of challenges and contests to engage citizens in problem solving, Federal employees and contractors are seeking guidance on best practices. A briefing I attended yesterday, hosted by the Ad Council, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and Google, brought together a stellar panel to discuss the topic. The […]

Health Searches Online: Google, Yahoo!, Mobile, and Apps

Oct 21

83 percent of Internet users have looked for health or medical information online, according to 2009 research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.  New research, released by Pew on Monday, shows that the use of cell phones to look up health or medical information is growing: 17 percent of American adults have used […]

Apps for Healthy Kids

Oct 21

Recently Let’s Move! announced the winners of their Apps for Healthy Kids contest, in which developers, game designers, and other interested folks were invited to create mobile apps for tweens that promote healthy eating and/or physical activity.  The only requirement was that the game or tool had to use USDA data sets that have been […]

I want someone to do my exercise for me, is there an app for that?

May 21

Well, not really.  But mobile technology is emerging as a powerful tool to help people adopt healthy behaviors.  Researchers and developers are looking into ways that mobile technology can be used in a variety of ways—to encourage physical activity in teenagers , to help combat obesity, or to provide pregnant women and new moms with […]

Local Government…They’re Developing An App for That!

May 10

We’ve all seen the Apple commercials showcasing the seemingly endless amount of iPhone apps for everything from getting your news, to remembering where you parked your car. And it really seems like there is almost always “an app for that.” Recently I ran across a great program that’s helping to give local governments that same […]