Overweight and obesity are increasing at an alarming rate throughout Europe and this epidemic presents a major barrier to the prevention of chronic non-communicable diseases. Including the new EU countries, a total of over 200 million EU citizens are affected. All EU countries face a growing need for more effective therapeutic management of weight control, aimed at the reduction of overweight and obesity's most significant health consequences, which include hypertension, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, gallbladder disease, certain types of cancer and psychosocial problems. HEALTH PLUS intends to fill this gap through active support to healthcare professionals involved in weight control and in prevention initiatives.
HEALTH PLUS will set up an integrated web-based knowledge management platform, assisting health professionals analysing the modern environment - which indirectly favours obesity diffusion - and offering certified and localized scientific information on food composition and lifestyle management. The system will support the examination of the patient's clinical profile and will match clinical data with lifestyle habits. The system output will support health professionals produce tailored nutritional plans and provide specialized counselling for efficient weight control.
The HEALTH PLUS platform will include: a trustworthy context for information connected to the intersections nutrition/health and nutrition/lifestyle;- an intelligent knowledge management system for clinical and scientific information sharing among health professionals and researchers;- a decision support tool for healthcare professionals aiming at preparing patient focused nutrition/lifestyle plans;- a periodic control tool to follow the implementation of new nutrition/lifestyle plans- feedback to health professionals about the effectiveness of undertaken actions- a set of tools for non-healthcare operators involved in education and lifestyle change support.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project