Jun 25, 2014

    Monitoring your health is easy with handy apps

    THE advent of the smartphone has made managing your personal health and fitness simpler than ever.

    With just three apps, you'd be amazed how easy it is to stay in the pink of health. They are: Health Buddy, for instant access to medical information; iDAT, to help you keep track of your daily diet and exercise; and Healthy Chef, your one-stop source for healthy, tasty recipes.

    They're free of charge, so don't hesitate to try them out.


    Available for iOS and Android.

    Offering diet advice as well as articles and videos on men's, women's and children's health, Health Buddy provides the convenience of having doctor-approved health tips delivered directly to you every week.

    Its comprehensive glossary of health conditions, which includes causes, symptoms and treatments, lets you research medical conditions any time and anywhere.

    Should you need a doctor, the app's listing of general practitioner clinics, SingHealth hospitals and specialist centres islandwide helps you find a nearby doctor in an instant.

    Inquiring about an appointment is just as effortless - simply push the "call" or "e-mail" button on the app.

    Being a user entitles you to participate in doctors' question-and-answer sessions on selected monthly health topics and get personalised answers to your health queries.

    The app also contains detailed maps of hospitals and national centres under SingHealth, including a "Locate Me" function.

    Health Buddy was developed by SingHealth.


    Available for iOS and Android.

    iDAT (Interactive Diet and Activity Tracker) is designed to help you balance your daily calorie intake and physical activity.

    The built-in Diet Tracker contains calorie information for common foods in Singapore, information which is often missing from foreign-sourced apps. It also has an Activity Tracker to record your exercise regimen, and by comparing it with your daily intake you'll know if you're on track to meeting your weight-loss goals.

    iDAT was developed by the Health Promotion Board (HPB).


    Available for iOS only.

    If you have no idea how to go about preparing a healthy and tasty dish, downloading the Healthy Chef app is a great way to start.

    Serving up more than 70 mouth-watering recipes - all created by renowned Singapore chefs - Healthy Chef offers an entire range of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western cuisines.

    The app also helps calculate the amount of ingredients you need, based on the number of servings you specify, and has an integrated shopping list function.

    Healthy Chef was developed by HPB.

    Reproduced with permission from SingHealth's Health Xchange, Singapore's first interactive health and lifestyle resource portal. For more health tips, visit www.healthxchange.com.sg