After being diagnosed with a high LDL cholesterol count and borderline BMI measurement several years ago, I evaluated several meal and activity tracking programs for my iPhone before eventually selecting Lose It! from Boston-based developer FitNow.  I use Lose It! to help meet my diet and weight-loss goals and track fat and calories by entering my meals and snacks as well as my exercise and activity.  The free-to-use app features a deep database of ingredients, brand name foods, and recipes, and takes into account towards your daily calorie goal any activity you manually enter.  You can get the free app for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device, or access your information through their web site.

Lose It! was first published in 2008 for the iPhone, before becoming more widely available on other smart phones and tablets.  The software interfaces with Apple’s Health app as well.

For $40/year, Lose It! offers a premium subscription service that picks up motion tracking information from several devices, including ones from FitBit, JawBone, and from the iPhone’s internal motion sensor, and allows you to plan your meals and exercise. While I’ve been using the free app for a while, I recently upgraded to the premium service to take advantage of meal planning.

Today only (1 Dec 2014),  they’re offering a special 50% off Cyber Monday discount off the usual annual premium membership.

Note that if you click on one of the Lose It! links above, I’ll receive a small (greatly appreciated) referral fee, however I receive nothing for the link to the Cyber Monday premium subscription discount (other than knowing that you’re getting a great deal).

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The state of Texas recently passed a law, which Governor Rick Perry signed into law, that required high school students to receive CPR training in order to graduate. The law, Texas House Bill 897, ensures that area high school teachers received CPR training from the American H500px-Texas_flag_map-1.svg_eart Association, who in turn will train primarily 9th and 10th graders through hands on training in school health classes.  The bill amends the Texas Education Code to require school districts to provide CPR training to grade 7 – 12 students,


The training focuses on hands-on CPR and chest compressions, and what to do in emergencies, but students looking for actual CPR certification will need continued training through a third party.

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Running for Beginners

On August 1, 2012 By