The health technology field is growing quickly. If you own a cellphone with access to different applications, or apps, know that health is one of the fastest-growing app categories to date. Thatâs because people are constantly using any means they can to get the latest informationâand that means turning to technological advancements.
Thatâs why Iâm excited to tell you about a few new developments that can really make a difference in your life:
1. The cell phone has come a long way since the first cell phone call was made exactly 40 years ago. If you donât know how to download apps on your cellphone or tablet, then ask your kids or grandkids to show you howâbecause this one is really worth it. The new app is called âAuggyâ and itâs geared to help consumers make smart healthy choices when they dine out. When you eat out at a restaurant, you use your mobile device to point at the menu, and then youâll see a 3D picture of the food options, and their nutritional information on your screen. You can find out just how healthy it is, and itâs a great way to uncover any ingredients that you donât want to be eating (for example, if you have a food sensitivity or allergy). The only catch: restaurants must first upload the photos and nutritional information to the âAuggyâ developers in order to have their restaurant included on this app. That means it may take a while before consumers like you can reap its full benefits.
2. This next development comes from the Dieticians of Canada and EatRight Ontario, who have created an online survey called Nutri-eSCREEN, specifically geared towards helping seniors improve their eating habits. You can go online and fill out a short questionnaire about your health, your nutrition, and your lifestyle. Then, you receive results about how well youâre doing and the areas you need to improve on. Youâll also get a link to more resources to improve your eating habits. The web site and questionnaire were designed by University of Waterloo professor Heather Keller, who said she wanted to provide seniors with resources to help stick to the recommended dietary allowances of certain food groups, and make sure theyâre getting the proper nutrients, especially since this is challenging as you age. According to recent studies, seniors have significant obstacles preventing them from eating right, such as financial difficulties, and lack of access to nearby grocery stores.
Recent studies show that eating right can get more difficult as you ageâbut it doesnât have to. Take advantage of every tool that you have, such as helpful surveys and apps like we mentioned, and web sites that help you live a healthier life.
Source(s) for Todayâs Article:
âOnline tool helps seniors improve nutrition,â The Toronto Star April 3, 2013; http://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/nutrition/2013/04/03/online_tool_helps_seniors_improve_nutrition.html, last accessed April 4, 2013.
âEating habits survey,â Nutri-eSCREEN web site; http://www.eatrightontario.ca/escreen/, last accessed April 4, 2013.