Using the App Store for Social Good

Whether you are tweeting and texting, snapping or messaging, your mobile phone is used to build connections through new content. And there are several social sites out there that are harnessing the power of connection and content creation in order to help you and your community.

For your personal health, developers have created a myriad of apps for your fitness and nutritional goals, making it easier to stay on track. Many of these, like Map My Fitness, even allowing for a social element to keep you motivated and engaged with your friends as you work on your goals. 

But this is only the beginning of app-based technologies working towards a healthier world. If you are passionate about giving back, or looking for more workout motivation, apps like Charity Miles will donate $0.10-$0.25 for every mile that your run or bike towards a charity of your choice. New apps are even out there to help you do your part in reducing your environmental input. Recylebank, again honing in on gamification strategies, provides tips for sustainable living while rewarding users who make strides towards increasing household recycling.

Several government organization have also started to harness the power of social media and app-based programs in order to promote healthier lifestyles. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a mobile app that puts health information right at your fingertips. Certain apps also take a more clinical approach to individualized health. For example, a baby heart beat monitor app has been developed to help inspecting mothers ensure the health and safety of their child. This follows the same idea as the glucose monitoring apps and MyPlate tracking system that makes it easier to stay on top of your specific health needs.

 One unique tech company that is changing the way that we view gym workouts is FitMetrix. FitMetrix uses the latest in exercise technology and mobile-based technology to bring fitness data to gym members in one easy, convenient location. This performance tracking tool makes it easy for members to stay on track of their fitness goals and health data.

In our ever-evolving app world, using your mobile device to improve health or help others is a great way to ensure your are using social media to increase your wellness and work towards the betterment of your community.