The Health app comes pre-downloaded on every iPhone. Before I explored it, it seemed like just another app taking up my precious storage space. I gave it a genuine whirl, and now it’s one of the most important apps on my phone. Allow me to take you on a tour of Health and share some of my favorite aspects, too.

Health Data Page

The busiest page offers nine functions to help you track various parts of your day. It even suggests other apps that relate to each subcategory to further your mission to lead a healthier lifestyle. Activity, Mindfulness, Nutrition, and Sleep offer the most basic assistance for daily tracking. If you really want to go the extra mile (no pun intended), five more facets help achieve a more holistic picture of your health life.

This page can be a little daunting, but there are several useful features hidden in here. The Health Records section allows you to sync your medical records with the app so you can have them with you anytime, anywhere. This is especially helpful if you’re seeing a new provider for the first time. Then there’s the  menstruation calendar tucked away in the Reproductive Health section; while many women have separate apps for tracking their menstrual cycle, Health allows you to keep everything conveniently stored in one place.

Today Page

Our next stop is the Today page, where you’re presented with the daily breakdown of your physical activity detected by your iPhone. This page is my favorite because it’s taught me that I’m much more active than I previously thought. The average adult takes 10,000 steps per day, and with this feature of the app, you and I are that much more likely to reach that goal!

Medical ID Page

I’ve claimed to have a lot of favorites within this app, but I’ve saved the best for last. The fourth tab available is the Medical ID page. As someone with many food allergies and asthma, having all of my emergency medical information in one place is a lifesaver…literally. This page allows users to input date of birth, medical conditions, allergies and reactions, medications, blood type, organ donor status, weight, height, and emergency contacts. Best of all, it’s accessible from your lock screen in case you ever find yourself or others in an emergency medical situation.

So What?

You care about your health. Start using Health. While you’re at it, check us out and make your life a little healthier.