STOP MetSyn Pilot Study

Would you like to get healthier, fitter and feel more energetic?

Knowing what to eat and being physically more active can be challenging.

The Food4Health project STOP MetSyn has designed a program that uses your biological data to help you build healthy habits! You have the freedom to choose your own goals, focussing on healthy eating and physical activity. You will also work with a coach who will support you in setting achievable goals and reaching them!

This program was created to help people become healthier and prevent serious illnesses, such as Metabolic Syndrome. Metabolic Syndrome is a collection of conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Having Metabolic Syndrome can increase the risk of developing other serious diseases, such as heart disease and stroke. About 25% of adults have Metabolic Syndrome, and many are unaware that they are at risk. This program helps you to reduce the potential risk of Metabolic Syndrome. You will learn to create healthy, long-lasting habits related to nutrition and lifestyle!

We are looking for participants to take part in a pilot study. By participating, you will help test the program and advance scientific knowledge about preventing lifestyle-related diseases. This research is conducted by the STOP MetSyn project team. It is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Food4Health Initiative.

For the pilot study, we are using an app-based lifestyle intervention program. It provides meal plans and lifestyle tips and tricks to help you develop healthier habits. The program requires a commitment for four months to ensure the best possible health outcomes. At the beginning and end of the study, you will be asked to have a blood test and measure your waist circumference and blood pressure. Each month during the study, you will speak with a health coach to see how you progress towards your goals. By choosing to join the program and supporting our research, participating in the study will be completely free of charge for you.

To participate in the study, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • You are between 25 and 55 years old
  • You are living in Flanders and speak Dutch/Flemish
  • You own a smartphone to install the app
  • You have NOT been diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome or Type 2 Diabetes
  • You are NOT following a specific diet
  • You are NOT pregnant or planning a pregnancy in the next six months
  • You are NOT undergoing treatment for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or high levels of blood sugar

We are starting to recruit participants in June 2021, so if you or someone you know someone will benefit from the program, send a message to, and we will let you know how you can take part!

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