AMA Adds App to Help People Adopt Healthier Lifestyle

Many Americans resolved to become healthier in the new year, but are having trouble monitoring their progress to achieve their goals. Now there’s an app for that. The American Medical Association (AMA) released a free app today to help patients improve their overall health as part of the AMA Healthier Life Steps program, which promotes healthy choices and healthy lives.

“Every January, Americans implement New Year’s resolutions that involve healthy eating and increased physical activity,” said AMA President Peter W. Carmel, M.D. “This new app encourages people to work with their physicians to set healthy goals, and it allows users to track their progress and accomplish their goals.”

The Weigh What Matters app is free, easy to use and encourages users to consult with their physician to establish personal health goals for three categories: weight, eating and activity. Once goals are established, users can track their weight, physical activity and nutrition with daily entries. It also calculates a user’s Body Mass Index (BMI) and provides a mechanism to view progress reports and email them to the user’s physician.

“The AMA Healthier Life Steps program offers tools and information to help physicians and patients work together to promote longer, healthier lives,” said Dr. Carmel. “Physicians and their staff can use this new app as a resource to work with patients to address challenging behavioral changes.”

The Weigh What Matters App is the first AMA app that will be available in both the iTunes Store and the Android Marketplace. To download the app, visit http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/apps/weigh-what-matters-app.page?WT.mc_id=WWMPR201201&WT.mc_ev=Click. For more information about AMA Healthier Life Steps, visit www.ama-assn.org/go/lifesteps. 

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