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Keeping Up with Your Health Goals? There’s an App for That

| Indianapolis—Just in time for those New Year’s resolutions, a new, free mobile app is making it easier – and more fun – for users to create and track their healthy habits. My Healthy Habits is part of an American Heart Association l Listen to Your Heart initiative – supported by Indiana University Health – and is available now in iTunes for iPhone and iPad users. It will become available to Android users in early 2013.

The new app allows users to:

  • Lead healthier lives by selecting from a list of physician-approved healthier habits to incorporate into their daily routine, such as eating 4-5 servings of vegetables and fruits a day or getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night
  • Customize their own healthy habits
  • Track their progress over 21 days
  • Share their progress with friends via social media (i.e., Facebook and Twitter)
  • Receive push notifications to help motivate and maintain those healthy habits

“We know friends and family members often have a big impact on our health habits – for better or worse,” said Dr. Yazid Fadl, IU Health cardiologist. “With the popularity of social media and smartphone apps, My Healthy Habits is another creative way to encourage others to also adopt healthy habits by letting them follow their friends’ progress online.”

Many wellness apps cater to those who are already relatively fit. For example, there are apps geared toward helping train experienced runners for participating in a marathon. My Healthy Habits, on the other hand, caters to everyone from those wanting to take that first step toward living a healthier life to those looking to add just a few more healthy habits. That difference has already caught the attention of several individuals, including Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel, who endorses the app.

“The Indiana Pacers and I support any initiative to get Hoosiers moving, and My Healthy Habits is a creative, homegrown app that change lifestyles with the click of a button,” Vogel said.

Leaders with the American Heart Association are also excited to see what kind of an impact such an app can have on lifestyle changes.

“American Heart Association research shows that as much as 80 percent of heart disease is preventable,” said Dan Krajnovich, chairman of the board for the Indianapolis American Heart Association. “The My Healthy Habits app will be a valuable tool for people to start making small changes to their exercise and diet that can prevent heart disease and lead to a longer, healthier life. We’re proud to work with IU Health on this effort.”

In addition, My Healthy Habits is part of both IU Health’s efforts to meet the needs of the state and to care for Hoosiers outside its hospitals’ walls through its larger social media efforts. In June, IU Health was the first health system in the state to live-tweet a surgery on Twitter; in October and November, IU Health physicians live-tweeted about breast cancer and asthma with followers on Twitter.

To download the app, visit the iTunes store and search for “My Healthy Habits.”

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About Indiana University Health Named among the “Best Hospitals in America” by U.S. News & World Report for 15 consecutive years, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent, patient-centered care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation’s leading medical schools – gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology.

About the American Heart Association The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit heart.org.

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