STOP MetSyn Pilot Studies

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!

The overarching goal of the project is to assess the capacity of a lifestyle intervention to alter the risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome. People with metabolic syndrome have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes type 2. The main risk factors attributed to metabolic syndrome are:

  • high blood pressure
  • increased blood glucose
  • increased blood lipid levels
  • increased waist circumference

Detecting and treating these risk factors as soon as possible helps to prevent the development of metabolic syndrome. Fortunately, it is reversible through lifestyle changes.

Within the STOP MetSyn project, two pilot studies will assess the efficacy of the intervention programs – Hello Health and the STOP MetSyn pilot. In both studies, the intervention comprises personalised coaching together with relevant advice and support via an app. This combined approach aims at long-term behaviour change in participants to achieve sustainable improvement of metabolic syndrome risk factors.

Hello Health is a three-month program offered in Belgium. SmartWithFood is overseeing the study in collaboration with Colruyt Group, UGent, KULeuven, TUM, and RISE. During the study, the participants receive advice on nutrition, exercise, sleep, and mind & stress via the SmartWithFood app and my.smartwithfood.com. Health coaches will also give personalised guidance during three 1-on-1 sessions.

For the STOP MetSyn pilot, TUM conducts the study in Munich, Germany and RISE in Gothenburg, Sweden. The intervention targets people at risk of metabolic syndrome, which makes up a considerable share of our general population. The participants receive personal coaching on nutrition, exercise, and wellbeing, and an app-based program providing tips, tricks, tasks, and the opportunity to interact with fellow participants. The team will compare the observed changes to a control group that does not receive an intervention.

Both studies will run until the end of the year, with the first results expected in early 2022. From the outcomes of the studies, the research teams will evaluate whether lifestyle interventions improve health and wellbeing through behaviour change.

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