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New Guide highlights the best and worst health and wellbeing apps

New Guide highlights the best and worst health and wellbeing apps
September 15, 2015

Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy has warned consumers to be wary when downloading health and wellbeing apps, with a new Australian-first ratings system revealing many are ineffective and poorly designed.

VicHealth’s Healthy Living Apps Guide rates more than 200 phone apps that claim to help people eat better, move more, quit smoking, reduce their alcohol consumption, and improve their mental wellbeing

The highest score provided was three out of five stars – a score which only five apps achieved: Freeletics – Workout and Training; Quit Now: My Quit Buddy;, Get Some Headspace; Water Balance and UP – Tracker Required.

The worst app of the 200 reviewed was Smoke Free – Finally Non Smoking, which achieved just half a star.

The Healthy Living Apps Guide is the first independent, evidence-based review into the effectiveness of health and wellbeing apps. Apps were rated based on their quality, user-friendliness and effectiveness.

Earlier this month, the Victorian Government released the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015-2019 that outlines its vision to create a healthier Victoria.

The six key areas for action to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians include healthier eating and active living, tobacco free living, reducing harmful alcohol and drug use, improving mental health, preventing violence and injury, and improving sexual health and reproductive health.

The Plan was developed in consultation with over 200 people from leading health organisations, local governments and healthcare service providers.

For health advice, Victorians are encouraged to visit the Better Health Channel website, which features an extensive range of quality assured information about health and healthy living.

Commenting on the wide range of Apps, Minister Hennessy stated “these days, there seems to be an app for everything.

“Some apps can be a great way to achieve a healthier lifestyle, but some may not be as useful as they claim.”

“This independent Guide is a great way for Victorians to find an app that will be effective and useful for them to achieve their goals.”

The Healthy Living Apps Guide can be found at www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/apps

Image shows the top performing Freeletics App.

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