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NutriAct Competence Cluster

Executive Summary

Being fit and healthy even at high age is a high value for many people. A key factor in this is a healthy diet. People, who eat well and healthily throughout their lives, are less likely to be ill in old age. But how exactly is healthy nutrition defined? How healthy do older people in Germany eat? Would they even accept new nutrition recommendations? The competence cluster Nutritional Intervention for Healthy Aging (NutriAct) is investigating these questions in the Berlin-Potsdam area. The aim is to create the scientific basis for age-appropriate nutritional interventions and recommendations. In addition, new foods are to be developed that enable healthy nutrition. The cluster focuses in particular on the middle-aged population (50-70 years) in order to promote healthy aging beyond the age of 70. To this end, the neurobiological, psychological, social and familial basis of food choices and, in particular, their influencing factors within family structures, will be analyzed. In addition, research will be conducted to determine whether sociocultural factors influence taste preferences and dietary practices. A central question here is the significance of gender-specific effects in connection with taste orientations within a partnership. In addition, the extent to which moments of upheaval, such as the transition to retirement, separation, or an illness, influence eating practices will be examined. On the basis of the nutrition pattern analyses, realistically implementable nutrition recommendations will be developed. The central element of the cluster is an intervention study in which the effectiveness, adherence and acceptance of the NutriAct dietary pattern rich in plant proteins, fiber and unsaturated fatty acids will be systematically tested. Based on this, new healthy and palatable foods will be developed that will be accepted by consumers. Accompanying this will be the identification of new biomarkers that predict the effects of a particular diet on health status, especially in old age.

You might want to refer to the NutriAct consoritum website for further details.

Project Partners

  • German Institute of Human Nutrition
  • University of Potsdam
  • Technical University Berlin, Department of Food Technology and Food Material Science
  • Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutritional Medicine
  • Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ)
  • Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bio-economy (ATB)
  • Institute for Food and Environmental Research (ILU)
  • Hasso Plattner Institute and AnalyzeGenomes.com

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