Several imaginative mobile apps turn preventive health into competitive fun.
To set themselves apart from the competition, many mobile health apps are adding gaming and social networking features to make the "medicine" taste better.
Take the fitness app HealthPer, which was just released. Now available at Apple's iTunes store and designed for iPad, iPhone, and iTouch devices, HealthPer can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle while sharing achievements online with friends
Social gaming of all kinds is exploding, according to a 2011 survey. Twenty percent of females and 15% of males are social gamers; and, although the biggest chunk of this audience is 16- to 34-year-olds, some older people also like social gaming. Sports gaming is the most popular category, but healthcare is an up-and-coming field, to judge by the proliferation of healthcare gaming apps.
For example, there's a program called Skimble that brings together people who like to work out and engage in various sports. Designed for iPhones, Androids, and desktop usage on the Web, Skimble lets you track your activities and share them with other people who have common interests. Its screens resemble Facebook