Apps can be convenient and helpful tools, but they may not always provide the most accurate health information to users. Here are a few points to help you find the best possible mobile apps to suit your needs:
Anyone can create an app. Check to see if the app is associated with a trusted organization that provides reliable nutrition or physical activity advice (examples: Dietitians of Canada, Health Canada, Centre for Disease Control, Heart and Stroke).
Smartphone apps that track physical activity or dietary information may not be accurate.
Try to make sure the app is Canadian, since American recommendations for nutrition are different from the Canadian guidelines.
Apps can help make tracking and self-monitoring easier for you, but apps may not change habits on their own.
Important: Remember, mobile apps should never be used in place of advice from health professionals.
Other ways to find reliable healthy eating and physical activity information:
- Contact your local Northwestern Health Unit office and ask to speak with a Health Educator or a Registered Dietitian.
- Eat Right Ontario is a free service where you can either call (1-877-510-5012) or email a Registered Dietitian to get your questions answered about health and nutrition.
- Websites are also a valuable tool to start your search for reliable health information:
- App review – www.foodandnutrition.org
- Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology- www.csep.ca
- Eat Tracker – www.eatracker.ca
- Participaction- www.participaction.ca
- Public Health Agency of Canada- www.publichealth.gc.ca
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