Consumer Watch: New Year's resolution Apps


by Andy Treinen

Posted on December 31, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 31 at 7:41 PM

(WHAS11) -- Some new apps on the market will help Smartphone users stick to their New Year's resolutions. Good Morning Kentuckiana’s Andy Treinen has today’s Consumer Watch.

It's time to make those New Year's resolutions. Whether it’s to be happier, healthier or to get in better physical shape keeping those resolution is a challenge. In fact more often than not they’re resolutions we fail to keep. “That's my New Year's resolution, year after year," said Tom Bradwash.

Fortunately, there is now an app for that. That's where Healthtap comes in. It's not an appetizer, but this app puts health on the plate. "People ask about healthy living. How can they be proactive about their health? Thinking about things like nutrition, better eating, reducing some stress -- especially around the holidays -- sleeping a little bit better," explains Healthtap CEO Ron Gutman.

The service connects users online with local doctors who can answer health questions. For new year's, users can use the app to choose a specific resolution and work with a doctor to achieve it. "If you have questions of how to do it, when to do it, how to sustain it, you can actually ask these doctors, get an answer for free, and continue engaging it throughout the year," says Gutman.

For those looking to get a bit more organized in the new year, an app called Brewster consolidates your contacts into a high-tech address book.

"If you're sending a holiday note or you're thinking about networking for the New Year and thinking who you should reach out and say hello to, all these people right here on Brewster, they're a search away," says Brewster CEO Steve Greenwood.

The app combines your contacts from Facebook, Twitter, and a number of social networks, creating a digital view of your personal relationships. "It has all the nuts and bolts of things it's supposed to have -- like emails, phone numbers, their Facebook user name -- but it also shows all the different notes: their interests, their hobbies, et cetra," claims Greenwood.

And if you find a group of friends who want to work on the same resolution, you can now build your own app to work on your goal together.

"Anyone can create an app with Yap, and people are creating all sorts of apps," professes Yapp  CEO Luke Melia. To create an app, users head to Yap's website, pick a theme, choose content, add friends, and the app is ready to install on your smartphone. "We created this app with some of my friends, who also have a similar goal. As time goes on and we're working towards these goals, we can encourage each other," explains Melia.

And if that happens to be your New Year's resolution you can accomplish it on January first of 2013. Not bad considering half of America will have broken their resolutions about the same time.

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