AMA Releases Weight-Management App

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CHICAGO―The American Medical Association (AMA) released a free app today that aims to help patients improve their overall health through managing their weight. Endoscopy professionals may want to educate their patients about this resource. The app is part of the AMA Healthier Life Steps program, which promotes healthy choices and healthy lives.

“Every January, Americans implement New Year’s resolutions that involve healthy eating and increased physical activity," said AMA's president, Peter Carmel, MD. “This new app encourages people to work with their physicians to set healthy goals, and it allows users to track their progress and accomplish their goals."

The Weigh What Matters app is free and easy to use, according to the AMA. The app encourages users to consult with their physician to establish personal health goals for three categories: weight, eating and activity. Once goals are established, users can track their weight, physical activity and nutrition with daily entries. It also calculates a user’s Body Mass Index (BMI) and provides a mechanism to view progress reports and email them to the user’s physician.

“The AMA Healthier Life Steps program offers tools and information to help physicians and patients work together to promote longer, healthier lives," Carmel said. “Physicians and their staff can use this new app as a resource to work with patients to address challenging behavioral changes."

The Weigh What Matters App is the first AMA app that will be available in both the iTunes Store and the Android Marketplace. To download the app, click here. For more information about AMA Healthier Life Steps, visit www.ama-assn.org/go/lifesteps.

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