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Monday Morning Acu-Minute by Karen Johnson

Welcome back to our ongoing discussion on technology and health.

Last week we spoke about the phenomenon of health-promoting apps bringing people together for fun and competition as they work toward their goals. Today we will explore the way apps and healthy behavior can benefit an even larger community.

I am going to use as an example an app my sister loves. (Full disclosure, I got it for myself as well.) It’s called Walk for a Dog.

The premise of this app is that every time you walk with your dog, the app tracks your miles and a donation is made to the animal organization of your choice. Triple benefits here! The human gets some exercise; the dog gets some exercise; and the organization gets money to continue its good work on the behalf of other animals.

An article I found on The Huffington Post about this app claims that donations vary from 11-25 cents per mile, depending on various factors. Also, at the time the article was written in 2014, approximately $10,000 had been distributed to nearly 4,000 animal shelters across the country. Imagine that… doing something many of us like to do anyway…and creating benefits to others at the same time! That would definitely make me walk an extra mile! How about you?

Do you have a health-promoting app that you would like me to feature in the Acu-Minute? If so, please contact me and let me know.

Wishing you all the best,