November 07, 2014

My family got flu shots last month. We wash our hands often, avoid sick friends, sanitize doorknobs and follow other tips to help keep illness at bay. But did you know that wireless technology can also aid in staying healthy this cold and flu season?  A couple examples include simply strapping on a fitness watch and getting active, or downloading an app that notifies you about illnesses in your area.

Fitness Wearables
We all know that maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including exercise, is another way to boost your immune system. Fitness wearables are a growing category. These flexible wristbands let you track your steps, count calories burned, monitor sleep patterns and some even include a heart rate monitor.

Check out Fitbit Flex and Jawbone UP on, or visit your local Sprint store to see our entire lineup, including Pebble Smartwatch, Jawbone UP 24, Samsung Gear S™, Samsung Gear™ Fit, Samsung Gear™ 2 Neo and Samsung Gear™ 2.

Help Limit Illnesses in Your Family with Sickweather
As parents, we want to limit our children’s sicknesses as much as possible. What if rather than waiting for the news to report about an outbreak in your area weeks after it began, you can receive a notification in real-time on your smartphone as you enter sick zones? Well now you can with Sickweather – the Doppler radar for sickness. As one of the companies chosen to participate in this year’s inaugural Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars, Sickweather provides predictive health forecasts with real-time alerts and maps, so that people can see and prepare for the spread of illness before outbreaks develop. Be alerted about Flu, Norovirus, Pink Eye, Whooping Cough, and 19 other illnesses.

Everyday thousands of people around the globe update social media sites like Facebook and Twitter when they (or someone close to them) get sick. Just as Doppler radar scans the skies for indicators of bad weather, Sickweather scans social networks for indicators of illness, allowing you to check for the chance of sickness as easily as you can check for the chance of rain. Available for download for iOS devices in iTunes and Android devices in Google Play. See How Sickweather works.

Amy Johnsonbaugh is a communications manager for the Apps and Services team at Sprint. Based in Orange County, Calif., she can answer questions related to Sprint-branded or third-party consumer applications, music/entertainment applications, accessibility applications, Sprint ID and family service applications. Amy can be reached at