iOS 17 Health App Update

iOS 17 Health App Update

Apple Introduces Exciting New Features in Health App with iOS 17

iOS 17 Health Feature

Apple has once again raised the bar for health tracking applications with the introduction of new features in the Health app for iOS 17. This release brings a range of exciting tools and functionalities to help users maintain their mental wellbeing, improve their eye health, and track important factors that contribute to their overall wellness.

Mood Tracking for Mental Wellbeing

One of the standout features in the Health app for iOS 17 is the introduction of mood tracking. Apple has introduced a “State of Mind” feature that allows users to log their emotions on a daily basis, providing an overall picture of their mental wellbeing. The interface is intuitive and easy to use, allowing users to input their mood at different times throughout the day.

iOS 17 Mood Tracking

Logging a mood is as simple as using a slider bar that ranges from Very Unpleasant to Neutral to Pleasant. The options are color-coded, with purple representing very unpleasant, blue for neutral, and orange for very pleasant moods. Users can select the mood that best matches their current state, and then choose an adjective that accurately describes their feeling.

Mood Tracking Options

Apple provides a list of adjectives related to each mood category, allowing users to select the one that best represents their feelings. While you can’t input your own adjective, the extensive list offers a wide range of options to choose from. Additionally, users can select the factors that are causing their mood, such as health, fitness, family, friends, and more.

The Health app presents the logged mood data in a visually appealing chart, allowing users to track their mood over time. The chart can be viewed on a weekly, monthly, six-month, or yearly basis. In addition, users can delve into the contributing factors that influenced their mood by exploring States, Associations, and Life Factors.

Mental Health Questionnaires

For a comprehensive assessment of mental wellbeing, the Health app includes health questionnaires that screen for anxiety and depression. These screening tools are commonly used by healthcare professionals and help individuals gauge their emotional state over a period of weeks.

Mental Health Questionnaires

By completing these questionnaires, users can generate anxiety and depression risk charts to help them identify periods when they may need extra self-care or professional assistance. The Health app provides Anxiety Risk and Depression Risk readings based on the responses given in the questionnaires.

Eye Health Tools

Apple is taking steps to help users improve their eye health with new features in iOS 17. A notable addition is the “Screen Distance” setting in Screen Time, aimed primarily at children but useful for anyone prone to eye strain. The feature alerts users if they hold their iPhone or iPad too close to their face, recommending a viewing distance of 12 inches to prevent discomfort.

Screen Distance Setting

By providing a visual guide, Apple helps users find the optimal position to hold their device, striking a balance between viewing convenience and eye health.

Time in Daylight for Overall Wellbeing

Another eye health feature, particularly beneficial for children, is the ability of the Apple Watch running watchOS 10 to measure the time spent in daylight. Studies suggest that spending 80 to 120 minutes outdoors can reduce the risk of nearsightedness or myopia. The Health app tracks daylight exposure, serving as a valuable metric for assessing overall wellbeing.

Time in Daylight

Notably, adults also benefit from exposure to daylight, as it has been linked to physical and mental health benefits. Consequently, tracking time spent in daylight can provide insights into overall wellness.

Medication Reminders and Critical Alerts

The Health app now includes follow-up reminders for medications, helping users stay on top of their schedules. If a medication is not logged within 30 minutes after receiving an initial notification, users can opt to receive a second notification as a reminder.

Follow Up Reminders for Medications

To ensure important medication reminders are never missed, Apple introduces Critical Alerts, which can appear on the screen and play a sound even if a device is in a Focus mode or muted.

Health App Now on iPad

With the release of iPadOS 17, the Health app has expanded beyond the iPhone and is now available on iPad as well. While the iPad does not collect health data, it can display all the information collected by the iPhone and other compatible accessories on its larger screen.

Health App for iPad

Maintaining the same functionality as the iPhone app, the Health app for iPad is optimized for the larger display and features a navigation bar on the left side.

Design Updates

Apple has made some refinements to the design of the Health app in iOS 17. Each section, such as Heart, Medications, Sleep, and Mobility, now has its own distinctive background color. These subtle but visually appealing changes add interest and help users navigate the app more effectively.

In Conclusion

The Health app in iOS 17 represents a significant step forward in understanding and managing personal wellness. With new features focused on mood tracking, eye health, mental health questionnaires, and medication reminders, Apple has made it easier than ever for users to maintain a holistic view of their health.

By providing comprehensive data visualization and insights, the Health app empowers users to make informed decisions about their lifestyle and seek professional care when needed. Whether you are concerned about your mental wellbeing, eye health, or overall wellness, the Health app is a valuable tool for keeping track of your health goals.

To explore more about the new features in iOS 17, check out our iOS 17 roundup. Stay healthy and happy with Apple’s innovative Health app!