UM Interfaculty Programme for Nutrition and Health ‘Eatwell
With its background and expertise in medical, biological, behavioral, socio-economic sciences, law and more recently science and engineering, Maastricht University in close collaboration with Maastricht University Medical Centre and Brightlands, is in a unique position to expand a modern Program on Sustainable Nutrition and Health and to deliver better understanding and new approaches to a growing population challenged by diet related diseases.
The objective of the Maastricht Interfaculty Programme for Nutrition and Health ‘Eatwell’ is to promote health and decrease chronic diseases through healthy nutrition by
- groundbreaking interdisciplinary research
- active communication and promotion to society
- international partnerships on science and policy
- creation of new commercial activities in the area of healthy lifestyle and personalised nutrition
Annemie Schols, professor of Nutrition and Metabolism in Chronic Diseases
Eatwell stands for interdisciplinary approach, bridging science and society and collaboration with regional partners. Projects are led by talented and enthusiastic young scientists.
Ellen Vos, professor of European Union Law
Obesity causes disease and increases health care costs. Healthy eating is one of the solutions. Companies, care givers and politicians all anticipate on this trend. Maastricht University has a lot of expertise to contribute in a broad sense to the process of nutritional health claims regulation.
Anita Jansen, professor of Psychology and eating Disorders
Eatwell is a unique opportunity for Maastricht University. The four faculties each host many top scientists and we have distinct laboratory facilities and support. Joining forces will result in an internationally recognized top institute. Maastricht University: leading in eating! A nice challenge.
Caroline Goukens, professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management
People can choose between numerous foods and drinks. We study consumer behaviour in our university from different viewpoints that will be nicely integrated in eatwell. At a higher level eatwell aims to stimulate a healthy lifestyle throughout life. This has an influence on our pensions, life insurance and the labour market. These challenges are also tackled in Maastricht.
Start: Bottom-up approach
In 2010 Maastricht UMC+ embraced the Eatwell initiative by providing a grant of €375,000 for bottom-up initiatives led by young scientists from the different Maastricht University faculties.
The following five projects were awarded after a competitive call and a jury of representatives from the different faculties:
- FPN / FHML: Dance for your health
- FPN / SBE: Changing the default: how to nudge consumers in an obesogenic environment to eat well
- FPN / FHML: Picky eating: risk or protective factor of picky eating?
- FHML / FPN / SBE: Health Bread4kids
- FHML / MUMC+/ FPN: effects of different weight loss methods on gut-brain interaction
Seeding grants were provided to 3 initiatives:
- FHML / FPN: Research and development for a personalised dietary prevention service
- FHML / FPN /MUMC+: iYard of COACH: an internet landscape of functionalities to support healthy living in overweight children
- FHML /Flaw: The role of European law & policy in fighting overweight and obesity
Next: Eatwell Combats Globesity
In 2013 the Executive Board and the deans of Maastricht University decided to give a financial boost of €1,000,000 for the programme Eatwell Combats Globesity. The 5 work-packages within the programme were lead by professors Annemie Schols, Anita Jansen, Stef Kremers, Maurice Zeegers and Aalt Bast.
This grant stems from an agreement in the 2012-2016 Strategic Programme to make extra money available for interfaculty and interdisciplinary research in the coming years. The decision was made with the advice of a group of international experts.
|Alie de Boer||The Interaction of food and medicine in effect and law (2015)|
|Kelly Stewart||Preventive genetic testing: our best foot forward (2018)|
|Fania Dassen||Training cognitive control: the role of executive functioning in eating behavior and weight loss (2018)|
|Sarah Mount||Conceptualisations of successful ageing and leads for lifestyle
|Sieske Franssen||Neural responses to food stimuli (2020)|
|Martijn van Beers||Novel approaches of cognitive function in COPD (2021)|
|Mirjam Urlings||Sound Science: Selective citation in science-based decision-making (2019)|