Earlier this month I introduced you to Healthcare.gov, a site designed to help us work our way through the healthcare law passed and signed earlier this year. This time around I have more goodies from the federal government, but they’re more health-related and less legalese. Yeah, you’re welcome!
The government’s USA.gov website now boasts a series of about 20 mobile apps designed for use on your smartphone. You have to buy some of them, but all four health apps are free downloads.
You can start out downloading the free BMI (Body Mass Index) calculator (only available for the iPhone at this time). By entering your height and weight you can calculate the amount of fat on your body (as a percent). Total body fat is related to your risk of disease and death. The app also includes links to healthy weight resources so you can move that number in the right direction.
The MedicinePlus app from the National Institutes of Health provides access to health and drug information in both English and Spanish.
MyFood-A-Pedia is a calorie counting, food comparing app from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Simply enter a food item and the app will tell you (approximately) how many calories are involved and where that food counts on the food pyramid.
The final health app located on the site is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) UV Index app (available for Andriod, Blackberry and via mobile web). The app provides UV Index and air quality information based on your location.
There are many, many health related mobile applications out there (WebMD is one of the most popular based on the number of downloads) — which are your favorites?