'Adaptive nature' of mHealth app may keep patients engaged

A new mobile health app may get users to actually stick with healthy eating and fitness efforts for the long haul, according to an article in MIT Technology Review.

The MyBehavior app, created by scientists and researchers from Cornell University and Michigan State University, tracks activity and eating habits and allows the user to set realistic goals. It also gives nutrition ideas and insight on how calories are being burned.

"That adaptive nature helps you climb the ladder at your own pace," Tanzeem Choudhury, a Cornell associate professor of information science and one of the app developers, told MIT Technology Review.

The research team recently completed a 14-week study of the app, with a goal to debut it by September. Article