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  • 1. Fitness and Health Mobile Applications
    Anne Mims Adrian, PhD
    Auburn University-eXtension
    This presentation was adapted from a session held for the DoD/USDA Family Resilience Conference, April 2011. Authors were: Kelly Adrian, Carolina Aquatics Swim Coach, Deborah Zippel, University of South Carolina, Student Health Services, Campus Wellness and Anne Mims Adrian, Auburn University-eXtension
  • 2. A little housekeeping
    Use Twitter Hashtag#4HHealth
    My Twitter handle is @aafromaa
    We will refer to this list:
  • 3. Cell phone use, 2009 data*
  • 4. State of mobile computing 
    60% of Americans go online wirelessly. 
    38% of US adults access the Internet with cell phones. 
    Hispanics and African-Americans lead the way in the use of cell phone applications.
    Pew Internet Research  
    The State of Mobile Apps | Nielsen Wire
  • 5. Use the phone to access (%)
  • 6. Mobile computing trend
    By 2014, mobile computing devices will pass the number of desktop computers. 
    From Pew Internet Research  
  • 7. 93% of teens use of the Internet
  • 8. 93% of teens use of the Internet
  • 9. Farmers’ use of the Internet
    62% of farmers have Internet access.82% of U.S. farms with receipts of $250,000 have Internet access.
  • 10. Broadband adoption
  • 11. 78% of adults use the Internet
  • 12. 78% of adults use the Internet
  • 13. A tidbit about Twitter
    25% of people who use Twitter are African-Americans, roughly twice their share of the general population.
    Edison Research & Arbitron Survey
  • 14. How many applications do you use?
    Average number of applications installed on smartphones is 22. 
    The State of Mobile Apps | Nielsen Wire 
  • 15. Why use mobile fitness apps?
    Individuals who set goals and record activities and monitor progress are more likely will achieve their goals.
    Food recalls (after the fact) tend to be unreliable.
    Mobile apps can integrate individual records with a buddy or social system to help motivate yourself and others, with the possibility of “anytime, anywhere”.
  • 16. What is your favorite fitness, nutrition, or health app for iPad, iPhone, or Droid? FEEDBACK in Facebook.
    An AU friend & colleague: I use Calorie Counter to keep track of the food I eat and Workout Buddy to keep track of the types of exercises (type, weight/time, reps) I do at the gym. Both are being used on a Droid.
    A follow up discussion:  In the beginning, the Calorie Counter application made all of the difference in the world. It allowed me to easily keep track of what I was eating no matter where I was located. Eat This Not That tweets were extremely helpful as well. These tips showed me what healthy options were available at fast food and sit down restaurants. Because I could still eat at these places with my friends and family, I continued to be successful. Workout Buddy has helped me keep up with the types of exercises I do at the gym right on my phone. It has been a huge help as well. All of these applications helped me stay motivated and provided me the insight I desperately needed. I feel as though if I did not have the ability to use these applications on my phone, I would not have had the success that I have had during this journey. Unfortunately, I still have a long journey ahead of me but I am hopeful that the success I have had carries on in the future.
  • 17. What is your favorite fitness, nutrition, or health app for iPad, iPhone, or Droid? FEEDBACK in Facebook.
    I have used fitday, have friends who swear by daily burn. have to admit I'm intrigued by the meal snap app at daily burn.
    The weight watchers download for members is really good.
    I use Back Pocket.
    I incorporate Yoga-Free app into my StrongWomenprogram.
  • 18. What is your favorite fitness, nutrition, or health app for iPad, iPhone, or Droid? FEEDBACK in Google+
    SJ:  I use RunKeeper on Android for tracking my walking.
    MC: - I use the free version of Cardio Trainer for Android to track my exercise.
     SJ: +MC, I actually got the pro version of Cardio trainer through the Amazon free app of the day, but it will have to wait until I replace my OG Droid to use it.
  • 19. What is your favorite fitness, nutrition, or health app for iPad, iPhone, or Droid? FEEDBACK in Twitter.
     I use ifitness, mapmyride, and Lose It.
     I like WebMD (great first aid advice) and LoseIt (nutrition information tracking).
     For calorie tracking, I use MyFitnessPal. It has almost every food in there!
    I use couch potato to 5 k and my husband uses livestrong for diet.
  • 20. List of Fitness Apps
    A compiled list of iPhone and Android fitness and health applications:
    Please add, edit, correct the list
  • 21. iPhone Apps--Free
    Lose It!: To help in losing weight. Calorie counts for hundreds of foods, including popular restaurant choices. Enter physical activities and see how many calories you are burning. Helps you set weight loss goals, and then track your progress. Cost: Free
  • 22. iPhone Apps--Free
    MyFitnessPal: To help lose weight and track fitness goals. MyFitnessPal is a community-oriented site with the ability to track food intake and exercise. MyFitnessPal provides a progress screen as a graphical representation of how well--or poorly--you're doing.
    (Credit: MyFitnessPal)
  • 23. iPhone Apps--Free
    GoodFoodNearYou: To find places with something healthy to eat. It uses GPS to help you find good restaurants — no matter where you are. Cost: Free
  • 24. iPhone Apps--Fee
    iBody: To keep track of health and fitness factors for your body. Track blood pressure and weight loss goals. Record your pulse rate so that you are working out in an area of maximum effectiveness. Cost: $9.99
    deftFitness: To work specific body parts with different exercises for all areas of the body. Learn how to work different muscle groups and pictures provide demonstration of exercises. Cost: $0.99
  • 25. iPhone Apps--Fee
    100 Pushups: To improve, track, and motivate doing push ups. Cost: $1.99
  • 26. iPhone Apps-Fee
     iFitness: To get in and stay in  shape. More than 160 exercises that help keep up with routines. Create customized workouts and track your progress. Cost: $1.99
    iStayFit: To design workout program. Animated images demonstrate how to perform different exercises, Cost: $9.99
    Gym Buddy: To keep track of gym workouts. Set specific goals and put together a plan to follow for the gym. Cost: $2.99
  • 27. Android Apps-Free
    Endomondo Sports Tracker: To help keep track of distance and speed and helps map out a route. Various activities are included such as skating, cycling, jogging or walking. Also syncs with playlists to match routes. Cost: Free
    Food & Nutrition: To provide information on different foods and diet to learn to make better eating decisions for better health. Get information and more about thousands of food options. Educational and easy to use. Cost: Free.
  • 28. Android Apps-Fee
    AllSport GPS: To help you keep track of calories burned, speed, time and more. Download routes, and use GPS to keep track of outdoor fitness routines. Share workouts with friends and family. Cost: $9.99
    FitSync: To track fitness progress and get workout ideas. Schedule workouts and create customized exercises. Cost: $2.99
    Beer Gut Fitness: To help figure out how to burn off alcohol. Provides how many calories are in different drinks and then tells what types of exercise you can do to burn off those calories. Cost: $0.99 
  • 29. Android Apps-Fee
    Racing for CardioTrainer: To provide motivation to beat the last running time. Cost: $2.99
    Absolute Fitness: To help set fitness goals and track of calorie intake and progress with levels of cholesterol, sodium, protein and more. Includes nutrition data for a number of different foods and drinks. Cost: $4.99
  • 30. Specialized Apps
    HandyLogs Sugar: To track, monitor, and analyze Blood Glucose, Insulin & A1C tracker for Diabetics. Allows sharing diabetes data with doctors, friends & family to regularly check up on your health. Or the reverse, check up on loved ones when they use this glucose app. Allows one to analyze the data in various ways. Cost: Free
  • 31. References and Resources
    September 2009
    August 2010
  • 32. References and Resources
    Edison Research & Arbitron Survey
    Farm Computer Usage and Ownership August 2011
  • 33. What else do you want to discuss?
    Do you want to learn for personal use or professional?
    Who is your target audience?
    What does your target audience know and use?
    Other questions?
  • 34. Thank you
    Anne Mims Adrian, Auburn University-eXtension