April 14, 2014
Sportsetter, maker of an app that helps people stick to a workout routine, raised $276,540 (200,000 euros) and launched an iOS version of its app this week, according to a report from TechCrunch. The company has been around since at least 2012.
The app helps users find variety in their day-to-day workout routines so that on any given day they could play golf, work out on a machine at the gym,...
April 10, 2014
Only 15 percent of consumers use a nutrition-tracking website or mobile app to stay healthy, according to a Nielsen survey of 471 respondents called the Health and Wellness survey conducted in February 2014.
The post from Nielsen combines insights from not only the Health and Wellness Survey, but also the Connected Life Report, which MobiHealthNews covered at the end of March. This report...
April 10, 2014
Online fitness and weight loss community SparkPeople has made its app Diet and Food Tracker (now known as SparkPeople Calorie Counter and Weight Loss) free once more. For about the past two years it has been $3.99, but it was free from 2009 to 2012. The move signals a shift in thinking from web-first to mobile-first for the company, according to Chief Operating Officer Dave Heilmann.
April 4, 2014
Exercise and nutrition smartphone apps for children do not use the top recommended behaviors and strategies that were developed to prevent pediatric obesity, according to a report published in Childhood Obesity.
Some of the expert-recommended behaviors that the report looked for included eating ﬁve fruits and vegetables per day, exercising for one hour every day, watching TV for no more than two...
April 1, 2014
Organizer of the Boston Marathon, the Boston Athletic Association has created an app for the upcoming marathon, which happens in April. The Boston Athletic Association released iOS and Android apps that offer runners a way to participate in the marathon even if they aren't in Boston running in the event.
The free app, called Boston Marathon World Run, was created created thanks to sponsorship...
March 26, 2014
Android smartphone maker HTC announced this week that Fitbit's app will be preloaded on all HTC One smartphones.
Until this year, the Fitbit connected app was mainly useful to those that had a Fitbit activity tracker, but in January, the company announced that it added passive tracking to its iOS app, which uses Apple’s M7 motion coprocessor. Fitbit's app's passive tracking feature is called "...
February 3, 2014
There are numerous apps out there with the goal of helping the user lose weight, whether by tracking their food intake, their exercise, or their weight itself. They also take different approaches to behavior change, with rewards, gamification, or social networks. But Carrot Fit, a new iPhone app, manages to do something new: the app includes a snarky female-voiced artificial intelligence (AI) who...
January 29, 2014
Diet and fitness apps were used by 55.7 million American adults in 2013, up from 43.9 million in 2012, according to a study by Kantar Media's MARS OTC/DTC Study of 20,000 consumers.
The study found that 129 million American adults (55 percent of the population) own either a smartphone or a tablet or both -- 116 million (49 percent of the population) own a smartphone and 64 million (27 percent)...
January 27, 2014
San Francisco-based exercise app Fitmob has raised $9.8 million from Mayfield Fund, Sillicon Valley Bank and prominent individuals, according to a press release. Fitmob also released its beta app earlier this week.
“Fitness is a passion of mine, but the current model is broken – with 30 million Americans wasting billions of dollars per year on memberships they don’t use, and hundreds of thousands...
January 6, 2014
Fitness incentivizing app GymPact has rebranded, changing its name to Pact and raised $1.5 million in a round led by Khosla Ventures and PayPal alum Max Levchin. This brings their total funding to $2.5 million.
Until now, Pact has offered users money only for exercising more, just so long as these users pay $5 if they don't make their goals. The money that users must pay for missing their goals...