Apple focus on wellness and health

apple-mobile-productsFrom time to time, we receive press releases highlighting things going on in the health and well-being sections of various app stores. This week, Apple has put the spotlight on their App Store.

This listing is a collection of apps, podcasts, and books. The Run and Lift hasn;t had a chance to try all of these but they might be a good place to start if you’re looking for some resources to kickstart or reinvigorate your health and wellness program.

The App Store’s Clean Living Collection  is a hand-picked selection of apps, books, and music designed to help people stay healthy and stress-free.


For primary students 

Learn to Play with your Food: Yr 5-10, by School Kit NZ (iTunes U)
A collection of resources to help teachers engage primary students in learning about food and why it’s so important for the body, students will look at the use of artificial flavourings, the culture of smoothies, what influences the way we eat and discovering international cuisine.
Rosie’s Nutrition Mission, by School Kit NZ (iTunes U)
Using New Zealand’s dairy industry as a case study, learn how to read nutrition labels and investigate why they don’t always give the full picture of what’s in our food. Students are then challenged to create their own easy to understand nutrition label for kids.
I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook, by Sarah Wilson (iBook)
The immensely popular I Quit Sugar from Sarah Wilson, now helps mums and dads feed their families with nourishing, nutrient dense food.  The book focuses on convenient and simple recipes for every occasion, and tips to get kids interested in cooking and growing their own food.

For Secondary, Tertiary & Lifelong learners

Health EDU, by Coppell High School (iTunes U)
This student-designed course is designed to encourage healthier lifestyles via gradual and powerful changes. Looking beyond diet and exercise, this course also examines how mental health, sleep, and daily habits contribute to a better lifestyle.
Diet and Nutrition, by La Trobe University, VIC (Podcast)
Hosted by dieticians and researchers from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at La Trobe University, this podcast educates listeners on the relationship between food and health, and how food can play a role in the management of diseases and conditions.
That Sugar App by Madman Production Company (app)
Uncover the ‘hidden’ sugar in the packaged food and beverages that you and your family are eating. Track how much sugar you’re consuming and set challenges to reduce your daily intake.
Ingredipedia, by Ben Birchall and Emily Naismith (Podcast)
A factual food fight podcast. Every episode, the hosts pick one ingredient and present three mind-blowing facts, anecdotes or uses for it. Listeners can then vote on the most interesting ingredient via social media.

Apple Watch for health and wellness

Get the encouragement or information you need, at the right time, with Apple Watch, making it easy and natural to develop good habits for a healthier lifestyle. 

WaterMinder, by Funn Media (app)
We all know the importance of staying hydrated, now users can easily track their hydration level at a glance, right on their Watch face. 

Headspace, by Headspace (app)
Modern lifestyles can be overrun with busy schedules and stress, this app gives the opportunity for users to take a moment and relax with simple meditation.
Streaks by Zervas (app)
The to-do list that helps you form good habits. Track up to six tasks that you want to complete every day; your goal is to stay focussed, get things done, and build a streak of consecutive days.
3 Minute Mindfulness, by Honeyseed (app)
This app works to relieve anxiety & tension by helping users pay closer attention to their breathing to help relieve anxiety and tension.

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