Leading foundation and the University of Newcastle team up to deliver personalised online nutrition advice to young adults, as Andrew Sadauskas reports.
Researchers from the University of Newcastle are set to deliver online resources to help young adults develop healthy eating habits following a generous $893,750 donation over the next three years from the nib foundation.
The Nutrition For You (Nu4U) service will offer 18-34 year olds an innovative web platform that will provide personalised nutrition advice designed to maintain healthy eating habits.
The new website will also integrate a range of existing health assessment tools developed through the Hunter Medical Research Institute and UoN’s Priority Research Centre for Physical Health and Nutrition.
In a statement, project lead and accredited practicing dietitian Professor Clare Collins said there is a huge demand for high quality nutrition online, with a growing number of adults turning to the internet for dietary advice.
“Through this generous grant from nib foundation, our website will provide this age group with immediate access to the best available nutrition resources and advice in a format they are familiar with,” Collins said.
“Nu4U will create a streamlined web experience that includes our popular and research-based dietary tools, the Healthy Eating Quiz and the Australian Eating Survey. Individuals will also be able to set personalised goals and track their progress over time.”
According to Collins, many young people are less likely to seek dietary advice from qualified health professionals than older generations.
“Due to a combination of lifestyle factors, young Australian adults are not meeting national nutrition recommendations and are likely to experience conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, as well as some types of diabetes and cancer at much younger ages than in previous generations,” she said.
nib foundation executive officer Amy Tribe said the partnership with UoN reflected the foundation’s focus on prevention through reducing exposure to the modifiable risk factors associated with chronic disease.
“Developing innovative and evidence-based new approaches to motivate young people to adopt healthier food habits is crucial if we are to reverse current alarming rates of chronic ill health. We are thrilled to help the University of Newcastle make this cutting edge nutrition research widely available and relevant to everyday Australians,” Tribe said.
The Nu4U comes less than a week after nib foundation pledged $750,000 to mental health nonprofit Smiling Mind for the development of an app-based mindfulness meditation program.