By Melissa Santos, PhD
Looking for some ideas to start this new year off on the right foot with getting healthy as a family? Here are a few mobile apps recommended by Connecticut Children’s Pediatric Obesity Center that your family may want to try!
Confused by all the bread or cracker options in the grocery store? Here’s a great app to take with you that can help you make good choices. Scan a food’s barcode and get a letter grade and suggestions for the healthiest option.
Some find keeping food records a great way to keep their families healthy. MyNetDiary is a free and easy one to use!
3. Zombies Run!
Like walking but sometimes get bored seeing the same old scenery? Download Zombies, Run! and help get supplies for your city. Hear that zombie breathing behind you? Pick up the pace so you don’t lose valuable items for your city!
4. Swork It
Swork It and its companion apps for kids was voted one of the best apps to get kids moving! Pick your style of working out and how many minutes and follow along with the person on the screen!
5. Dungeon Runner
If you liked Super Mario as a kid, you’ll love Dungeon Runner. This puts you in a game of escaping levels. But instead of pushing buttons, you have to bust a move to get through the castle.
6. Sleep Bug
Getting healthy also means getting good sleep. Ever notice that you sometimes sleep better when it’s raining outside? Or when birds are chirping? With an app like Sleep Bug, you can make it sound like that every night in your room.
7. Breathe 2 Relax
Sometimes when we get nervous or overwhelmed, our breathing changes a bit and that makes our body think there is something wrong. Breathe 2 Relax will help. This app will help you learn belly breathing to calm down and make good choices.
Melissa Santos, PhD is a psychologist specializing in the family treatment of pediatric obesity. She works with adolescents and their families preparing for bariatric surgery and families participating in non-surgical weight management programming. Dr. Santos supervises psychology and medical students in clinical and research activities within the obesity program.