Mobile Apps, Internet Programs Could Help You Live A Healthier Lifestyle

Thomas Lammeyer/Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers say using your cell phone in certain ways could help lead to a healthier lifestyle.

According to a report published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, apps and Internet sites meant to get people to move more or eat healthier can improve specific behaviors linked to healthy lifestyles. The report looked at more than 200 studies that including mobile or Internet technology to help improve either diet, physical activity levels, obesity, tobacco or alcohol use. Those studies included a wide array of technological means, including calls or text messages, apps, and full Internet programs.

According to researchers, more than 69 percent of Internet and mobile apps aimed at obesity seemed to improve the user’s weight loss. They reported similar findings in improving users’ diets.

Programs meant to increase physical activity or assist in quitting the use of tobacco or alcohol showed more than 75 percent improvement.

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