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Phoning It In: How Apps Can Help You Stay Healthy

February 14, 2011

Mobile apps (applications) that offer health and medical information on your smartphone, like the Apple iPhone or Android, or a tablet like the iPad, are growing in number and popularity. Whether you’re a caregiver or caring for yourself, you can access a variety of resources to help with everything from reminding you to take your medication to tracking your blood pressure readings to staying informed about a medical condition. Apps are also a great way to stay on track with good health and fitness habits. Dr. Tim Harlan, AKA Dr. Gourmet, board-certified internist and Medical Director at Tulane University School of Medicine and Parentgiving’s nutrition expert, has just made available the free Dr. Gourmet App in the iTunes App Store. Comprised of a Food Diary and Exercise Diary, the app is designed to give everyone the ability to track their caloric intake and physical activity from anywhere at any time using an iPhone or iPod touch. The Dr. Gourmet Mobile App consists of a:

• Food Diary: Using the database of thousands of foods, with just a few taps you can track breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Keeps a running total of your intake as well as nutrition information, including calories, fat, carbohydrates, sugars, fiber and protein. This is especially helpful if you are trying to lose weight or avoid gaining in later years.

• Exercise Diary: Whether you walk the dog, belly dance or run, track the calories you burn every day. This app keeps a daily total and compares it to your caloric intake.

“Studies show that those who use a food diary lose more weight than those who don't,” said Dr. Harlan. “The Dr. Gourmet App for iPhone and iPod was developed to support anyone committed to eating healthy and tracking their progress.”

The Dr. Gourmet Mobile App saves user’s personal information, making it easy to review previous days, plan next meals and exercise plans and then check them off when completed. Future versions of the App will interface with free Dr. Gourmet software available at http://www.drgourmet.com.

The Dr. Gourmet App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dr-gourmet/id410919969?mt=8.