Apps to help you stick to your New Year's resolutions

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by Laurie Segall, CNNMoney

azfamily.com

Posted on December 31, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 31 at 9:33 AM

(CNNMoney) -- New Year's resolution can be difficult to keep. This year, you can get a little extra help from some new smartphone apps.

Laurie Segall explains.

HealthTap puts health on the plate.

"People ask about healthy living. How can they be proactive about their health? Thinking about things like nutrition, better eating, reducing some stress -- especially around the holidays -- sleeping a little bit better," said HealthTap CEO Ron Gutman.

The service connects users online with local doctors who can answer health questions. Users can use the app to choose a specific resolution and work with a doctor to achieve it.

"If you have questions of how to do it, when to do it, how to sustain it...you can actually ask these doctors, get an answer for free, and continue engaging it throughout the year," Gutman explained.

For those looking to get a bit more organized in the new year, an app called Brewster consolidates your contacts into a high-tech address book.

"If you're sending a holiday notes or you're thinking about networking for the new year and thinking who you should reach out and say hello to, all these people right here on Brewster...they're a search away," Brewster CEO Steve Greenwood said.

The app combines your contacts from Facebook, Twitter, and a number of social networks, creating a digital view of your personal relationships.

"It has all the nuts and bolts of things it's supposed to have -- like emails, phone numbers, their facebook user name -- but it also shows all the different notes: their interests, their hobbies, et cetra,"  Greenwood continued.

If you find a group of friends who want to work on the same resolution, you can now build your own app to work on your goal together.

"Anyone can create an app with Yapp, and people are creating all sorts of apps," said Yapp CTO and co-found Luke Melia.

To create an app, users head to Yapp's website, pick a theme, choose content, add friends, and the app is ready to install on your smartphone.

"Within five or 10 minutes, you've got an app," Melisa said. "We created this app [Buff in 2013] with some of my friends, who also have a similar goal. As time goes on and we're working towards these goals, we can encourage each other."

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