Preventing sarcopenia, obesity, and sarcopenic obesity in people entering retirement – a personalized digitized approach to sustainably improve exercise and nutrition behavior.
With aging, there are two conditions that are frequent: excessive fat mass (obesity) and insufficient muscle mass and muscle function (sarcopenia). Both conditions frequently occur together because they have common risk factors, mainly poor diet and physical inactivity. When people retire, many things change, including habits related to diet and exercise. Often people increase in body weight after retirement. This extra weight is mainly fat mass, while muscle mass decreases. The project SO-NUTS focuses on the development of a digital tool to stimulate a sustainable exercise and nutrition pattern for people who retire.
To develop an effective, sustainable eHealth intervention for people in retirement focusing on both nutrition and exercise.
- In the first phase, the project team investigates the insights needed to develop innovative strategies to prevent sarcopenia, obesity and sarcopenic obesity. In doing so, they take into account socio-demographic differences.
- Based on these insights, researchers in the second phase develop the SO-NUTS application. This application helps people to lose weight during retirement while maintaining muscle mass.
- The project team is testing the feasibility and effectiveness of SO-NUTS in a pilot study being conducted in several European countries.
The research team
dr. Sumit Mehra
Researcher and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam
prof.dr. Somaya Ben Allouch
Professor in Digital Life & Human-System Interaction for Health & Wellbeing at University of Amsterdam and the University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam
prof.dr. Alfonso Cruz Jentoft
Prefessor in Geriatrics at the Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal
in Madrid, Spain
dr. Doris Eglseer
Dietitian-researcher at the Medical University van Graz, Austria
prof.dr. Yves Boirie
Professor in Nutrition at the Hospitalier Universitaire de Clermont-Ferrand · Martial Dangin, France
Prof. Eva Topinkova
Charles University, department of Geriatric Medicine, Prague, Czech Republic