Public Health England releases collection of health apps for mobile!

13th February 2018

Public Health England has released a number of apps for your mobile and tablets to help tackle problems like smoking and obesity.

One of these is the updated Change4Life Food Scanner app, which has been designed to help people make healthier food and drink choices.

The technology allows you to scan the barcode on a product to see the nutritional value of what’s inside. It also offers simple hints and tips for making healthier choices.

Another new service is the NHS Smoke free app, which supports people trying to stop smoking through daily support and motivation.

The free, four-week programme features daily support messages, progress badges, a craving button with tips and content to distract users, as well as a calculation of the money they’ve saved.

There is also a “record a motivation” feature, which allows users to take a picture or add a message to remind them why they are giving up.

Both apps can be downloaded at the app store and Google Play.

 

AI chatbot for depression and anxiety launched in app form.An artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot designed to help people who suffer from depression and anxiety has been launched as an app.

The chatbot, dubbed ‘Woebot’, is programmed to provide scripted responses in line with the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) model, Business Insider reports.

Woebot will engage with users on a daily basis and ask them to record their mood and energy levels — two symptoms associated with depression and anxiety.

 

Smoking prevention app launched.
An app that uses AI technology to learn users’ smoking habits and provides incentives to help them quit has been launched.

Cue, by Canadian-based Kiwi.ai, uses algorithms to automatically track when and where users smoke to learn their habits and predict when their next urge will hit.

Based on the responses, Cue gathers data and estimates variables such as the amount of nicotine in the body to sense when a user is about to go for their next cigarette, and rewards them with Amazon credits each time they extend the time between smokes.