Slam Dunk Your Health Goals with TrackIt

TrackIt

upwaveYeah, yeah, college basketball season is over, but we’re still in awe of the awesomeness of March Madness. If you paid attention to the tournament (who could have missed it? Go UConn!), you might have noticed ads for  TrackIt, a new health charting tool from upwave. Although our brackets busted early, those promos made us smile, because TrackIt is our newest partner in helping you achieve your health goals.

TrackIt is a unique, personalized health tracking system that gathers information from lifestyle apps, social networking sites, and personal fitness devices, and aggregates the data into a single online dashboard, featuring easy-to-read charts and graphs.

TrackIt allows users to set and monitor their activities and behaviors to help achieve life goals, such as losing weight, decreasing stress, increasing happiness, and improving relationships. The best part: TrackIt syncs with the services you’re already using to reach those goals, including Fitbit, Facebook, Twitter, Runkeeper, and now… MyFitnessPal!

But what does that mean, exactly? The company motto sums it up: “When you track it, you can change it.” Let’s say you want to drop 15 pounds. Using TrackIt you can create a 360-degree look at everything you do—from sleeping, to working out, to tweeting about happy hour. The system pulls in your nutrition information from MyFitnessPal and data from other sources, and then turns all of it (yes, even your tweets!) into fun info graphics. You’re then able to easily see patterns, like that spike in calories from those bar snacks, and then make adjustments. And seeing it all in one spot improves your chances of achieving your slim-down goal—bring on the skinny jeans!

OK, who’s ready to slam-dunk some goals with TrackIt and MyFitnessPal?

 

 

An Important Update About Your MyFitnessPal Account

Dear MyFitnessPal Users,

You might have heard about a widespread internet security vulnerability called Heartbleed, and you may be wondering whether it impacts MyFitnessPal. Heartbleed is a bug that security researchers recently discovered in a core encryption library that secures most internet sites.

This issue is projected to be impacting as many as two-thirds of sites across the web. Fortunately, we have no evidence that any of our users’ data has been breached. Nevertheless, as soon as this disclosure was made public, we immediately upgraded all of our systems to mitigate any potential issues.

(Update 4/11/2014: To be specific, we patched the vulnerability and updated our SSL certificate with new private [and corresponding public] keys. We have since also requested and deployed an entirely new SSL certificate and revoked our old certificate, to eliminate any confusion.)

Due to the potential severity of this bug we would like to suggest that you take two simple steps:

1. Change your MyFitnessPal password. Here’s how.

2. Disconnect and immediately reconnect your connected accounts (like Fitbit or Runtastic). This will refresh your authentication tokens and increase your security.

At MyFitnessPal, the security and privacy of your data is important to us. Again we have no reason to believe that any data was actually compromised. We will continue to monitor this threat and will keep you informed going forward.

Thank you,
Vijay Raghunathan
Vice President of Engineering, MyFitnessPal

Breaking News! Now You Can Customize Your Nutrition Goals & Easily Find Friends on MyFitnessPal

myfitnesspal goals and progressYou asked for them, and we’ve delivered! MyFitnessPal recently released new updates for Android and iOS that improve your ability to create nutrition goals that make sense for you, and allow your friends to find you more easily within the app.

New! Customizable nutrition goals Are you giving up processed carbohydrates? Does your doctor want you on a special diet? In the past, adjusting your carb-to-fat-to-protein ratios, or limiting your sodium intake required you to go online to our website. Now you can do it from the comfort of your own phone! With the new Android 3.0 and iOS 5.1 releases, you can set custom goals from within the app itself.

Need help adjusting those nutrition goals? Check out our FAQ page for step-by-step instructions. (You can also find it in the app by going to the main menu, then Help, and then FAQ.)

For our iPhone and iPad users, we’ve also added more time units to the progress screens. Now you can see graphs for the past six months, the past year, and all time. The layout of the measurements table is also better than ever! You can see everything easily, and quickly review the progress you’ve made towards your personal health goals.

New! Friendlier invitations If you want to invite your Facebook friends to join you on MyFitnessPal, they will now be able to see your real name—not just your MyFitnessPal username! Because honestly, who calls you gymgal78 in real life? Your friends will have an easier time connecting with you, and you’ll be able to find them too—so you can start holding each other accountable, stat!

 

Download the new MyFitnessPal Android 3.0 and iOS 5.1 releases from the app store today and let us know what you think!

 

 

MyFitnessPal is now in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, Russian, and Italian!

Hej, hei, hallo, привет, and ciao! Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of MyFitnessPal in 6 new languages: Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, Russian, and Italian!

New features for users everywhere. Along with these new languages, we’re delighted to roll out some new features for the benefit of users worldwide. Now you can drag and drop items between meals and  delete multiple items from your food diary at once! iPhone users will also notice a newly streamlined navigation and the ability to access key features like bar code scanning and multi-item adding more quickly.

Local units of measure. Since our launch of MyFitnessPal in German, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese earlier this year, members around the world have been able to take advantage of local units of measure, including:

  • weight (kilograms, stone, pounds)
  • height (centimeters, inches)
  • distances logged (kilometers, miles)
  • units of energy (kilojoules, calories).

Bigger food database. With the launch of the new languages, MyFitnessPal features an even bigger international database of foods to which you have easy access. MyFitnessPal’s existing database of local food items continues to grow, allowing members everywhere to easily track all major nutrients including calories/kilojoules, fat, protein, carbs, sugar, fiber, and cholesterol.

MyFitnessPal diary in Danish                                    Home page in Russian

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Friends page in Italian                                                  Food details page in Dutch

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Community support. Now, MyFitnessPal also offers localized Message Boards and Groups to help members in Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands and Russia get the most out of our service.

MyFitnessPal is available today in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, Russian, and Italian on iPhone, Android, and the web. We look forward to hearing your feedback.

Farvel, vaarwel, adjö, do svidaniya, ciao!
The MyFitnessPal team

P.S. – We are actively recruiting volunteers to help us translate our frequently asked questions. If you or someone you know has an interest in volunteering, please visit this group.

MyFitnessPal Seeking Bay Area Members

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The MyFitnessPal Team in San Francisco is seeking 15-20 volunteers in the Bay Area to meet with members of our staff in the MyFitnessPal offices on Tuesday, September 10th.

We are looking for members to participate in a 30 minute session to preview our upcoming iOS update for the iPhone.

We’re primarily looking to meet with users who regularly use an iPhone to log their information into MyFitnessPal. We do also want to meet with a few members who have only ever logged into MyFitnessPal from the web.

Are you available to help?

We would love you to help us make the iOS app better! Each volunteer will leave with some MFP swag and with our deep gratitude.

Appointments will be made for 9am, 12pm, and 4pm on Tuesday, September 10th.

Please leave a comment if you are interested and available at one or more of these times (no need to specify your schedule in this topic, a staff member will follow up via email if you’re selected, beginning early next week).

We’ll make every effort to give priority to those who respond first and will lock comments when we’ve received enough volunteers.

Thank you all for using MyFitnessPal, and thank you to those in the San Francisco area with the time and interest to help us out. If you’re not local to San Francisco, but have MyFitnessPal friends who are in the Bay Area, please share this post with them!

Thanks!