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The FORTIPHY project develops solutions for meals and physical activity that counteract undernutrition in the elderly.

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Start

01. Apr 2021

End

31. Mar 2024

Funded by

RCN - The Research Council of Norway

Cooperation

INRAE (France), University of Reading (UK), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)

Background

Poor appetite is a major determinant of undernutrition in the elderly population. Contrary to popular belief, nutritional needs decrease little with age and may even increase.

Fortification consists of adding ingredients with a high protein and/or high energy content in regular drinks and foods.

FORTIPHY will develop new solutions allowing older people (= 70 years old living at home) to fortify their regular meals, whether they are made from scratch, based on semi-finished or ready-made food. In addition, FORTIPHY will evaluate the added value of physical activity in combination with meal solutions.

To ensure high adoption and compliance levels for FORTIPHY solutions, end users (elderly people and caregivers) from France, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Norway will be associated in the project through co-creation and participatory research.

Goal

The FORTIPHY project develops solutions for meals and physical activity that counteract undernutrition in the elderly.

How we work

A first work package will map available high-protein ingredients and their technological and functional properties, as well as eating habits in elderly people living at home.

Based on these inputs, another work package will develop and test fortified recipes in preference tests. The bioavailability of amino acids in fortified dishes and the potential impact of these dishes on satiety and biological markers of appetite will be measured.

A third work package will assess the efficiency of meal fortification and the added value of physical activity to prevent the risk of undernutrition in older small eaters living at home (randomized controlled field trial).

A fourth work package will disseminate the results in a massive open on-line course (MOOC) and a Summer School, contributing to raise stakeholder awareness of the problem and the solutions to prevent malnutrition.