• Food4Health

    Bringing innovations for healthy eating
    to the market
  • Multisector approach

    Leveraging strengths and expertise of the partners
    from EIT Food and EIT Health
  • Creating an impact

    Improving citizen-oriented health and wellbeing
    through nutrition and behavioural support

Food4Health is a collaboration between EIT Health and EIT Food. Launched in 2019, it aims to mobilise major European players from industry, government, research and education, to improve the health and well-being of European citizens with innovations for healthy eating.

A nutritionally balanced diet helps to maintain a healthy mind and body. Yet, making healthy food choices is not always as easy as it seems. Obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes are commonly caused by excess calorie intake and the consumption of foods high in fat, sugar and salt. As the prevalence of these diseases is on the rise, the awareness of the importance of food in overall health and wellbeing is lacking.

Our nutrition requirements also vary depending on our age and our physical and emotional status. By adjusting our diet, food can also be used to prevent or recover faster from illness. To take full advantage of this, there is a need to better understand the role of food in healthcare.

As these issues are best addressed via a multisector approach, EIT Health and EIT Food have combined forces to build the Food4Health collaboration. Through their joint activities, the strengths and expertise of the partners of both networks can be leveraged to make a greater impact in the area of food and health.

Objectives

By establishing the Food4Health collaboration, the two networks aim to:

  • Create new added-value products that connect food and health
  • Build two complementary business cases in the area of food for health.
  • Initiate two top-down projects based on these business cases, where partners from both networks will be invited to apply to participate in these projects.
  • Engage the partners of both networks in joint activities related to innovation, business creation, education and communication.

In the coming years, we intend to strengthen the collaboration through the delivery of the outcomes of the two projects and by initiating other projects and activities that link food and health. The long-term goal is to establish a way of working that can be sustained for many years to come.

Our People

Hayley Every

EIT Health

Yu-Mi Lee

EIT Health

Projects

STOP MetSyn – Using Indicators to Influence Consumer Behaviour and Prevent Pre-Disease Through Food and Lifestyle-related Interventions

Metabolic Syndrome (MetSyn) is the combination of conditions including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess fat around the waist, high cholesterol and high blood lipid levels. Having these conditions can lead to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes with such diseases accounting for 86% of deaths in Europe. MetSyn and related diseases are often linked to eating high-calorie, low-fibre foods and reduced physical activity. At least 25% of adults suffer from MetSyn, while many more exhibit several of the risk factors without knowing. By reversing these conditions through changes in consumer behaviour, it is possible to prevent MetSyn as well as the development of more serious diseases. The project STOP MetSyn aims to help up to 100 million European consumers who appear healthy but may exhibit one or more of the conditions linked to MetSyn. It will deliver methods, tools and strategies to help consumers make better choices in their eating and lifestyle habits.

MuscleCancer – Tackling Muscle Mass Loss in Cancer Patients Through Nutrition Solutions and Lifestyle Interventions

30-85% of patients undergoing cancer treatment suffer from malnutrition. This is the result of reduced food intake due to stress, pain, and swallowing problems combined with increased energy usage, inflammation and vitamin deficiencies. Anti-cancer treatments can make things worse by causing nausea, sickness, loss of appetite, and taste alteration, all of which accelerates weight loss. However, it is the loss of muscle mass in particular that increases the likelihood of complications, which negatively affects the prognosis and survival rate of cancer patients. Maintaining muscle mass is therefore of critical importance in enabling patients to fully benefit from cancer treatment. The project MuscleCancer aims to address this challenge by incorporating nutrition and exercise into cancer treatment programs to prevent malnutrition and muscle mass loss in cancer patients. Through the combined partnership of EIT Food and EIT Health, experts in diagnostics, nutrition and physical activity together with healthcare providers are well-positioned to drive innovations that can make an impact in this field.


News

Food4Health projects kick-off as new teams meet

18 partners chosen to work on two projects

With project teams confirmed, Food4Health's first two projects officially launched on 1 September and held their kick-off meetings shortly after: the STOP MetSyn team met 20 September and MuscleCancer met 10 October.

These projects, the first in the new Food4Health programme, aim to address specific health challenges faced by both consumers and patients through the development of nutrition, exercise and lifestyle intervention programmes.

163 applications received in the 1st call for Food4Health Expressions of Interest

The first Food4Health call was open from 29 May to 26 June.

An overwhelming 163 Expressions of Interest applications were submitted by 48 partners who are ready to start work in 2019 on the first two projects of Food4Health, a collaboration between EIT Health and EIT Food to help bring innovations for healthy eating to the market.  

Some 14 partners from EIT Food, 29 from EIT Health, and five who are partners of both networks submitted the applications to start work on the two Food4Health projects.

 

EIT Food and EIT Health Partners identify areas for cooperation at the Food4Health Workshop

Discussion revolves around plans for 2019 and focus areas for future projec

The role of nutrition in preventing disease, and in helping cancer patients maintain their health, were part of the discussion when members of the EIT Health and EIT Food communities met 15-16 May 2019 in Rotterdam, Netherlands to shape plans for cooperation in the new Food4Health programme. Participants learned more about two Food4Health projects that are already under development and discussed the four focus areas identified for future initiatives.

EIT Health and EIT Food kick off Food4Health initiative

4 March meeting to be followed by 15-16 May workshop
The Food4Health collaboration, a joint initiative between EIT Food and EIT Health, was officially launched on 4 March 2019 with a kick-off meeting at the offices of EIT Health Spain in Barcelona.


This meeting was an opportunity for the core Food4Health partners to get to know one another and to start working together as a team. 

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EIT Food is a network of industry, academic and research partners, set up to transfer our food system. By connecting consumers with businesses, start-ups researchers and students from around Europe, EIT Food supports innovative initiatives that improve our health, our access to quality food and our environment.


EIT Health is a network of best-in-class health innovators backed by the EU. We deliver solutions to enable European citizens to live longer, healthier lives by promoting innovation. We connect the right people to work on societal challenges across European borders so that innovation can happen at the intersection of research, education and business.