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For many, the iPhone is one of your best friends. It keeps your schedule, means you’ll never miss an important email and helps remind your husband to pick up milk on the way home from work. You can also keep tabs on your kids, and increase your thumb’s dexterity thanks to texting. But beyond that, iPhones can be an integral tool for improving your health, longevity and, ultimately, quality of life. Here are a few health apps that you can’t live without.

LoseIt! By FitNowiPhone health apps

iPhones aren't just for emailing, texting, shooting video and – yes, even talking. The steady stream of new free and low-cost "apps" (applications) entering the market gives users access to everything from tracking their favorite sports team or making a cosmopolitan to learning to speak Mandarin and finding the closest pizza parlor. It's not that a bartender app can't come in handy, but the following health apps should, more importantly, be at your fingertips.

1LoseIt! By FitNow

Price: Free

Remember that resolution to eat healthy or lose weight? LoseIt! will help you get – or stay – on track. By setting calorie and exercise goals and recording your daily progress, or searching the extensive food database for healthy snacks, this free app is waist- and budget-friendly.

2FamilyCare

Price: $3.99

Keep all your family's health records in one place, track medications that need to be refilled, and schedule routine screenings and immunizations with one touch on your screen. FamilyCare also delivers personalized health information and news, and lets you maintain independent health profiles including age, height, weight, BMI, personal history and diagnosed medical conditions for each family member. Want to keep tabs on your flex spending account? FamilyCare does that, too.

3Carb Tracker

Price: $2.99

Whether you have diabetes or have adopted the Atkins or South Beach diet, CarbTracker will help you set, track and monitor your low-carb daily goals. CarbTracker boasts one of the largest accurate searchable databases in the App Store, featuring more than 65,000 grocery and restaurant food items. Users can also add their own custom food items, and share them with others by submitting them to Healthy U Technologies.

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