Preventing the risk of undernutrition by fostering meal FORTIfication and PHYsical activity in older adult

Project Details


Poor appetite is acknowledged to be a major determinant of protein-energy undernutrition while contrary to common beliefs, nutritional needs decrease little with age and even sometimes increase. Fortification, which consists in adding high-energy/high-protein ingredients to regular drinks or foods is a solution acknowledged to be a flexible and relevant approach for older people with reduced appetite. In parallel, several studies have demonstrated better effect of interventions combining nutritional approaches with physical activity over nutritional or physical activity interventions alone. Given this context, the project FORTIPHY will address the nutritional and physical activity needs of small older eaters (? 70 years old) living at home.

Specifically, FORTIPHY will develop new solutions allowing older people to fortify their regular meals. In addition, FORTIPHY will assess the added value of a physical activity to meal fortification. In order to ensure high adoption and compliance levels for FORTIPHY solutions, end-users (older people, caregivers), will be associated very early in the project through co- creation and participatory research. A first work package will be dedicated to the rational design of fortified
recipes through (i) an unbiased review of available high-protein ingredients and (ii) the identification of technological and consumer usage constraints. Based on these inputs, a second work package will develop fortified recipes considering the preferences of older people (home-used tests). The bioavailability of the amino acids in fortified dishes and potential impact of these dishes on satiety and biological markers of appetite will be measured. A third work package will assess the efficiency of meal fortification and the added value of physical activity to prevent the onset of the risk of undernutrition in small older eaters living at home (randomized controlled field trial) A fourth work package will disseminate the results.

In particular, FORTIPHY will conceived an easy-to-implement tool (MOOC - massive open on-line course) combining recipes and physical exercises in synergy to support the health of the older population; and a Summer School to promote further development of easy-to-use fortification solutions in the food industry. As such, FORTIPHY will contribute to raise the awareness of stakeholders regarding the issue and the solutions to prevent.
Short title or EU acronymFORTIPHY
Effective start/end date1/04/2131/03/24


  • High-protein-ingredient
  • Fortification
  • Physical-activity
  • Preference
  • Bioavailability
  • Appetite
  • Satiety
  • Risk-of- undernutrition
  • Functional-capacity
  • Participatory-research

Flemish discipline codes

  • Other health sciences not elsewhere classified