The Most Common Nutrition-Related Apps For Clients
Fifty-six percent of American adults own a Smartphone according to Pew Research Center in 2013. The average American is more likely to use their Smartphone to look up information, schedule appointments, and use an app. With the common use of Smartphones, providing our clients with nutritional resources online is important.
In 2012, 40% of new apps developed were for health and wellbeing applications. With the popular emphasis on developing apps for the healthcare industry, Registered Dietitians have the opportunity to share apps of their choice with their clients to further increase a client’s success. NutritionJobs.com asked our colleagues what apps they recommend to their clients. We’ve compiled a list for you to share and spread the word of health and wellness.
*This list is in no particular order and is not all-inclusive of every app available.
My Fitness Pal: A free calorie counter for people to track their food and exercise. “It’s easy to use and includes a comprehensive database for your food diary. It is also easy to establish goals and monitor progress. Their website offers additional graphs and tables, which are a plus. I also like the Emotional Brain Training app, which corresponds to Laurel Mellin’s stress management theory. Both of these apps are free!” stated Stacy Moussa, MS, RD, LD.
SparkPeople: A food and fitness tracking system. The general website is free to join, but the app must be purchased. “I am a member myself and enjoy reading their daily tips for nutrition, fitness and general wellness,” advised Rohan Krehbiel, MS, RD, LD
LoseIt: Another calorie tracking app. “It is very user friendly and the interface is great. It only has one screen for entering the whole day’s intake so there is no wait time switching between screens when entering foods. It remembers your foods and what meals you usually consume them at to make tracking easier,” described Kathryn Piehowski PhD, RD, LD. Loseit also synchs with big name pedometers such as Nike Fuelband and Fitbit.
CalorieCount: A free food tracking app that also analyzes nutrients of specific foods.
Recovery Record App: An eating disorder management app which takes the emphasis off of calories and weight and focuses on food patterns and emotions. The app helps people discover their own negative and/or positive eating patterns. The app has the ability to link with the client’s dietitian or other clinician in order to monitor progress and allow the client to pair up with other supportive clients.
Fooducate: A free app which provides grocery information, tips on how to make healthy food choices, food education, and the latest information on health claims and nutrition news.
Harvest: A produce guide app which informs about seasonal fruit and vegetables to buy in order to reduce cost and pesticide levels found in produce.
Peapod: A free app for online grocery services for Giant and Stop & Shop which allows users to shop through their phone. “I use this app a lot for label and ingredient reading when counseling clients. It’s a great tool to plan ahead and decide on choices before hitting the store. (and you don’t necessarily have to shop at these stores in order to use this app),” explained Marilyn E. Jess, MS, RD.
The Monash University Low FODMAP Diet: An app for FODMAP friendly foods with a comprehensive list of foods that are Low FODMAP versus High FODMAP. There are also recipes, shopping lists, and tips. There is a charge for this app.
DL Life Diabetes Companion: A free app for diabetics with recipes, shopping tips, healthy living information, a blood glucose tracking tool, and more. It also has a list of foods with low carb counts.
Catherine Frederico, MS, RD, LDN has written two ebooks about apps for consumers and for health professionals which have tips for choosing apps and highlights over 400 apps. The books are called:
“An App A Day” and “An App A Day For Health Professionals” and can be purchased online at http://www.appyliving.com/
Learn about the apps that pertain to your area of expertise and recommend those apps to your clients in order to further their success and education. Stay smart!