Get smart about your running with CleverRun

CleverRun (@cleverrun) helps you understand what you’re capable of doing during running races. It uses your recent RunKeeper recorded running activities to show you information about your previous runs. More importantly, it uses those previous runs to make some smart predictions about how long it will take you to run future races of varying distances from 5k to marathon. Read this profile to learn more about how CleverRun uses the Health Graph (@healthgraphapi) to read in the data needed for its predictions and charting.

Bill Day: Please tell us about yourself and your work.

Richard Cunningham: My background is in Linux system administration and web programming. I’ve been interested in getting data from APIs for a while and I’ve created a few things using them.

Last year, I started running with the goal of running a 10K race. I wasn’t able to do a 10K race last year due to injury and kept to shorter distances as a result. I run in the Parkrun series of races, which are free 5K timed runs held every Saturday morning, mostly in the U.K. but also in a few other countries now.

BD: What is the “elevator pitch” for why someone should use CleverRun?

RC: CleverRun is a simple way to analyse your performance from recent runs.

BD: How did you get started using the Health Graph API?

RC: I was tracking my runs in RunKeeper, though I found the website wasn’t displaying my past runs in the way I found most useful. I am most interested in tracking how fast I am running. I created CleverRun as a way to explore better ways to display my runs. I showed what I had done to my brother, who is also a runner, and he liked it, so I released it for others to use.

BD: How is using the Health Graph benefiting you?

RC: The Health Graph is benefiting me by giving me an easy way get at all of my running data. Hopefully it is helping other CleverRun users too!

BD: Which portions of the Health Graph API do you use, and why?

RC: I mostly use the fitness feed at the moment, because the key information I need for CleverRun is there and I can simply fetch all of a user’s runs in one query.

BD: What do you like about the Health Graph? What would you like to see changed?

RC: The Health Graph is easy to understand and well documented so that’s what I like about it.

I would like to see some data added to it, like your friend’s latest runs and anything really that is available via the website.

BD: If you could request any new feature from the Health Graph, what would it be? How would you use it?

RC: Getting the details of runs completed using the coaching feature of the mobile apps would be useful, so I can analyse people’s interval training and display it to them.

BD: Can you share any future plans for your app? What’s coming next that your users will be excited about? Does the Health Graph play a role in that, and if so, how?

RC: I’m working on better indicating how the performance of your last run was in comparison to previous runs. Also, several users have sent me suggestions already and I am working how to best fix those issues.

BD: Is there anything else we should know about you or your application?

RC: The RunKeeper team have been very supportive. I’m interested in suggestions for further improvements from users of CleverRun and there is a link on the CleverRun page (when logged in) so users can send me suggestions or report problems.

Bill Day (@billday) is Platform Evangelist for RunKeeper where he helps developers learn about and use the Health Graph.


Fitness in your blood

InsideTracker (@Inside_Tracker) is a blood marker based service that provides a Health Graph (@healthgraphapi) integrated dashboard for your body. Read on to learn how you can use the Inside Tracker service (click here to buy at a special discount) to better understand how to optimize your own health and wellness.

Bill Day: Please tell us about yourself and your work.

Gil Blander: I am the founder of Segterra, the company that created InsideTracker, the most advanced blood analysis program.

InsideTracker is an innovative, web-based platform that combines blood analysis with your demographic information and unique goals to create a roadmap to optimal wellness and performance. The program recommends simple and tangible interventions, such as changes in food, supplements, lifestyle, and exercise, to help our users achieve their goals.

BD: What is the “elevator pitch” for why someone should use InsideTracker?

GB: Our bodies are our most valued possessions. InsideTracker gives you information and tools to help you perform at your most efficient and optimal level every day.

A good analogy is taking your car in for service every 5000 miles. The technician runs the computer diagnostic and then tells you what you should do to keep your car running in the best condition possible.

Every 3-6 months, getting your blood drawn and analyzed by InsideTracker tells you the current state of your body. It’s like having a window inside yourself to see exactly how you are doing. That knowledge combined with InsideTracker’s recommendations for simple lifestyle and nutrition changes empowers you to keep your body in the best possible condition.

BD: How did you get started using the Health Graph API?

GB: Our team was looking for partners who shared our goal of giving customers control of their wellness and performance. We were really excited to have the opportunity to integrate with RunKeeper. We think that there can be important synergies between InsideTracker and other companies using the Health Graph platform.

BD: How is using the Health Graph platform benefiting your business?

GB: The Health Graph platform has an extensive community of users who want to track their fitness and performance. It’s a perfect fit for InsideTracker and for our customers.

BD: Which portions of the Health Graph API do you use, and why?

GB: Initially, we are using the Health Graph API to acquire up-to-date information from InsideTracker users via mobile apps. These apps are convenient for our customers, and the data we receive from them makes our analysis more timely.

BD: What do you like about the Health Graph? What would you like to see changed?

GB: The Health Graph platform is excellent because it integrates so many different products and applications. Our customers benefit from being able to share and track many aspects of their fitness and wellness data through Health Graph.

BD: If you could request any new feature from the Health Graph, what would it be? How would you use it?

GB: In fact, the Health Graph team has already responded to our request to extend the Health Graph API to represent measurements of the biomarkers analyzed by InsideTracker! We plan to explore future extensions to InsideTracker in which users will be able to share their analysis data using the Health Graph API.

BD: Can you share any future plans for InsideTracker? What’s coming next that your customers will be excited about? Does the Health Graph play a role in that, and if so, how?

GB: InsideTracker is planning to integrate data from wireless scales so that we can update our recommendations for nutrition and exercise daily based on a customer’s weight. The Health Graph API is essential for us to integrate these data.

BD: Is there anything else we should know about you or InsideTracker?

GB: If you are looking for a roadmap to wellness and performance, get InsideTracker. You will find out where you are, where you should be, and how to get there by making changes in lifestyle, exercise, and nutrition. We turn measurements into meaningful advice.

Bill Day (@billday) is Platform Evangelist for RunKeeper where he helps developers learn about and use the Health Graph.


Health Graph API additions

We’ve made several recent additions to the Health Graph API (@healthgraphapi) based upon partner feedback and requests.

Recently added fields include:

  • source – string added to Fitness Activities, Background Activities, Nutrition, Sleep, Diabetes Measurements, and Weight portions of the Health Graph API; this provides the name of the application that last modified the given activity or measurement; see documentation for details.
  • is_live – boolean added to Fitness Activities to indicate whether the activity is currently being tracked via RunKeeper Live; note that this field will report ‘false‘ until at least one GPS point for the Live activity is received (this should occur immediately upon beginning the Live activity, but may be delayed up to several seconds if it takes longer than normal for GPS hardware to acquire a sufficient GPS signal).
  • userID – integer added to each team member entry from Street Team GET /team response to allow developers to more easily access team member account details (assuming member has authorized the calling app).
  • past activities are now available in a summary form that is more conducive to bandwidth-constrained environments; search for ‘summary’ in the Fitness Activities docs to learn more.
  • blood markers – a number of additional markers have been added to the General Measurements portion of the Health Graph API; for the complete list of what’s now available, please refer to documentation for General Measurements and Diabetes portions of the API.

Please let us know if you have any questions about these API updates by leaving a comment here or on this Health Graph discussion group thread (click here to access).

Bill Day (@billday) is Platform Evangelist for RunKeeper where he helps developers learn about and use the Health Graph.


Weighty makes weight and fat percentage entry simple

Some of the best Health Graph (@healthgraphapi) partner apps are built to solve a developer’s own health and fitness issues. Case in point: Weighty, a free mobile app for quickly and easily tracking your weight and body fat percentage using the Health Graph. Weighty creator Frank Van Rest (@frankvanrest) talks about the problem he wanted to solve with his app, and how he went about creating it, below.

Bill Day: Please tell us about yourself and your work.

Frank Van Rest: I’m a Dutch mathematician who graduated in the summer of 2011. During my studies I founded a web development company. After graduation I was in need of a new goal, and getting a regular job wasn’t a great lookout after being an entrepreneur for eight years.

While traveling I decided to target doing a full Ironman triathlon in two years. I’ve always been a basketball player and couldn’t swim, so this was a challenge. But I’ve been in training for half a year now and am getting in quite good shape!

BD: What is the “elevator pitch” for why someone should use Weighty?

FVR: Weighty is a free iPhone app that makes it super easy to submit your weight and fat percentage to the Health Graph. Tracking your weight is a key step to effectively losing (or gaining) weight. I hope Weighty makes this easy and simple for everyone.

BD: How did you get started using the Health Graph API?

FVR: As I’ve gone about my triathlon training, I wanted to add my weight and fat percentage to the same place as my activities. This was previously only possible via the RunKeeper website, which is not as easily accessible as a mobile app when I’m standing on my weight scale.

The Health Graph API made it easy for me to create such a mobile app myself! I started with the iOS library I found on github and got it (after some debugging) to working pretty quickly. (Editor’s note: A complete listing of available third-party Health Graph libraries is available by clicking here.)

BD: How is using the Health Graph benefiting you?

FVR: The Health Graph makes it easy to create apps that submit data to a central health-related data repository. This cloud-based approach is very valuable for users, since combined analyses can be done. RunKeeper provides free publicity for my app by highlighting it in the Health Graph app directory and showing it in users’ FitnessFeeds when they submit their weight or fat percentage to the Health Graph.

BD: Which portions of the Health Graph API do you use, and why?

FVR: After authentication, I only use the API calls to POST weight and fat percentage. In the future I want to add historical data to the app, at which point I’ll also use GET calls to read that data back from the Health Graph.

BD: What do you like about the Health Graph? What would you like to see changed?

FVR: I like the ease of use of the API. I got a working version up and ready to test in a few hours of work.

During testing I found some small bugs in the API, but the API team fixed it quickly after contact. I’d like additional capabilities to remove and edit data records as well.

BD: If you could request any new feature from the Health Graph, what would it be? How would you use it?

FVR: My scale also gives water percentage and muscle percentage, which I would love to keep track of as well. If that were possible with the Health Graph as well, I’d implement in Weighty!

BD: Can you share any future plans for Weighty? What’s coming next that your users will be excited about? Does the Health Graph play a role in that, and if so, how?

FVR: Removing or editing weight or fat percentage records is not possible at the moment (not on the RunKeeper website and not via the Health Graph API). If a user makes a typo and enters the wrong data, it can really mess up their graphs and weekly averages. I would love to have the ability to remove records via my app (or the website). As soon as that’s possible, I’ll add historical data to the app, with the possibility to edit and delete that data as well.

BD: Is there anything else we should know about you or your application?

FVR: It’s a free iPhone app called Weighty and it’s available via http://weighty.frisb.nl. Please share your feedback via email to weighty@frisb.nl.

Bill Day (@billday) is Platform Evangelist for RunKeeper where he helps developers learn about and use the Health Graph.


Health Hack Day howto

While this post is targeted at attendees of the 18-20 May 2012 Health Hack Day events in Stockholm, even if you’re not attending you still might find some useful Health Graph information and development tips. If you aren’t able to attend in person, you can also watch the livestream online.

Welcome Health Hack Day attendees and hackers!

You’re in for a great weekend of hacking, networking, and fun. And who knows, maybe even a prize at the end!

This post will walk you through the key information and procedures you need to use the Health Graph during the hackathon.

First up, here’s a copy of our Health Graph programming primer to get you going (click through the presentation and note that links are live):

AngelHack Health Graph 101
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More details on some key points:

You can access more technical details on the RESTful Health Graph API by clicking here.

All Health Graph partners are required to follow the Health Graph API Policies.

When you’re ready to get started building a Health Graph API application, visit the RunKeeper Partner page and click “Connect To Our API“. From there you can fill out the form to register your new Health Graph integrated app, service, or device.

Click here to learn about authorization removal callbacks before providing your callback URL on the form. If you will be reading data out of the Health Graph for accounts other than your own app registering account, you should also request Read permission on the form, being sure you give a detailed explanation of what you will do with that data once you’ve accessed it. Likewise, if you would like to ask users for permission to retain their Health Graph data across deauthorizations, please request this permission on the form.

Note: Please include the official event hashtag, #hhd12, in your new application description and permission justification so we can address your request as quickly as possible.

Need some inspiration to get your developer juices flowing? Check out some of the applications built and deployed using the Health Graph API, available from the RunKeeper Apps page (click here). You can also access an archive of third party libraries, wrappers, and bindings which might make your Health Graph API-based development easier by clicking here. And there’s more information on how app and library partners are taking advantage of the Health Graph via our Health Graph partner profiles series on the blog.

When you encounter issues, you can ask questions and join in the developer conversation by visiting the Health Graph discussion group. You can also reach our team on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

Related content that may also interest you:

  • Click here to learn how to export your own user data from the Health Graph; useful for backups as well as parsing your data to re-upload into a test account via the Health Graph API.
  • The Healthy button allows you to easily embed the ability to share health and fitness related content on your site or blog into Health Graph users’ FitnessFeeds; click here to learn more about the Healthy button

Now that you know how to use the Health Graph, go build something great and win this thing! Happy hacking!

Health Hack Day

Bill Day (@billday) is Platform Evangelist for RunKeeper where he helps developers learn about and use the Health Graph.


OneHealthScore snapshots your health using the Health Graph

Health Graph (@healthgraphapi) partner Wellframe (@wellframe) recently launched OneHealthScore. Read our interview with Jacob Sattelmair (@jakesatt) for more on how Wellframe is using the Health Graph to reframe the health discussion for consumers.

Bill Day: Please tell us about yourself and your work.

Jacob Sattelmair: I am the co-founder of Wellframe, the company behind OneHealthScore. We’re a health data science startup consisting of doctors, scientists, and engineers working to better leverage data to get people engaged in their health.

BD: What is the “elevator pitch” for why someone should use OneHealthScore?

JS: OneHealthScore is a Health Graph app that gives you real-time insight into how your physical activity impacts your health. Your score is based on the most advanced scientific research on the health benefits of physical activity. Keeping track of your score is a great way to stay motivated and make sure you are protecting your health.

BD: How did you get started using the Health Graph API?

JS: As our team’s first project, we were looking for an opportunity to apply scientific models to health behavior data in a way that would help people get new insights and be more engaged in their health. The Health Graph API was the most obvious place to start to achieve this goal.

BD: How is using the Health Graph benefiting your business?

JS: Using the Health Graph is a great opportunity for us to access motivated users’ health behavior data and experiment with new ways of making that data meaningful and motivational to them.

BD: Which portions of the Health Graph API do you use, and why?

JS: To start we are focusing on physical activities — fitness and strength activities to be specific — as we chose to first model the impact of physical activity on health. However, we may eventually expand our model to include other data types available through the Health Graph, such as weight and nutritional intake.

BD: What do you like about the Health Graph?

JS: We love the fact that the Health Graph enables users to collect their health data across a wide range of applications and devices, and then to consent to share that data with other applications and services that enable them to get more value from those data.

BD: Can you share any future plans for Your service? What’s coming next that your users will be excited about?

JS: We will continue to iterate on OneHealthScore, exploring new ways to give users motivational insights that encourage them to do and track more activities with RunKeeper.

Bill Day (@billday) is Platform Evangelist for RunKeeper where he helps developers learn about and use the Health Graph.


Support causes with Fitgiver and the Health Graph

The winner of our AngelHack prize for best use of the Health Graph (@healthgraphapi) was Fitgiver (@fitgiver) with their app enabling Health Graph users to raise money for the causes they love by doing the things they love to do anyway. One of Fitgiver’s founders, R. Colin Kennedy (@rcolinkennedy), took time out of a very busy schedule to answer a few questions for us. Take his experiences as inspiration to build great things at a hackathon near you, too!

Bill Day: Please tell us about yourself and your team.

R. Colin Kennedy: The Fitgiver team comes from a variety of backgrounds – some of us work at startups, some of us have a background in big business, and another is staff at MIT – but what unites us the opportunity that Fitgiver presents to create a meaningful impact.

BD: How did you get involved with AngelHack? And why did you decide to try out the Health Graph API?

CK: Well, a few of us ride bicycles together and had been kicking this around for a while. AngelHack was a great opportunity to move things to the next level. We had each individually done hackathons and Startup Weekends on other projects, and AngelHack promised a higher level of visibility, great prizes, and uniqueness because it was the first time running it in Boston.

The Fitgiver concept was tied to the Health Graph from its very inception. When we ride together, several of us use RunKeeper to track our activities. We knew that creates a data stream that is accessible and we thought we’d try and put it to use for causes we care about.

The beauty of it is that once users connect Fitgiver with their Health Graph account, they don’t actually have to do anything differently than they already were: Just use RunKeeper like normal, and we pull the data. [Editor’s note: This should work with other Health Graph-based fitness activity tracking apps as well.]

BD: What is the “elevator pitch” for why someone should use Fitgiver?

CK: There are at least two different answers to that question.

First, our elevator pitch is that Fitgiver connects people and the causes they care about with organizations that want to sponsor them.

Second, users should consider Fitgiver because if they’re already going for a run or ride anyway, why not do some good while they’re at it?

BD: How is using the Health Graph benefiting Fitgiver? Which portions of the Health Graph API do you use, and why?

CK: The Health Graph makes data collection super easy. Currently, we’re using the workouts people track with RunKeeper. This is great because we also get the geo data, which we can use to verify that these workouts were real workouts, and at some point we’re thinking about localizing sponsorships so local businesses can sponsor local athletes. This really opens up a very powerful potential for both charities and small businesses to support people that are in their communities.

BD: What do you like about the Health Graph? What would you like to see changed?

CK: So far we’ve been really happy with the reliability and documentation with the API. It just works!

BD: Can you share any future plans for Fitgiver?

CK: We’re in talks with national health-related charities, and with sponsor companies that are looking like potential launch partners. Feedback has been so positive, we just have to keep going.

BD: Is there anything else we should know about your team or your application?

CK: We are all RunKeeper users and athletes, and have been so excited by the level of support that we’ve gotten from the RunKeeper team. Looking forward to furthering the partnership!

Bill Day (@billday) is Platform Evangelist for RunKeeper where he helps developers learn about and use the Health Graph.


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