WebMD update lets you stay on top of your fitness goals

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With the announcement of its Health app (and associated API) for iOS 8, Apple is making no secret of its plans to enter the health and fitness-tracking market. Capitalizing on this hype, WebMD has just updated its flagship iOS app to target health and fitness enthusiasts in a new program called Healthy Target.

A brand new section of the popular healthcare app, Healthy Target helps you to keep in top form, and on top of your various health-related goals, by setting specific targets and then tracking your progress as you work toward them. To do this, the app lets users connect their favorite activity tracker, wireless scale, or glucometer to automatically track sleep, weight, and blood sugar levels.

Devices supported by the app include those made by Fitbit, Jawbone, Withings, Entra, and Telcare. If you’re using the app on your iPhone 5s, it also lets you track your steps.

Much like Apple’s own Health app will do, WebMD then lets you view of this data in one centralized location, with WebMD content and insights helping to put this data into context.

If you’re interested in fitness tracking and don’t want to wait for iOS 8’s Health app — or simply want to try out a new feature of the already very useful WedMD app — the update can be downloaded for free at the below link.

It is available for all iOS devices running iOS 6.1 and above.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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