A diverse range of factors including nutrition, physical activity, behavior, and even environmental factors can directly impact on illness incidence rates and health outcomes.
The Health/Nutrition forward-looking project has been created in order to investigate the links between food, the human body and health. It is a matter of common knowledge that regular exercise, a healthy diet and a number of environmental measures can help prevent disease, but what interactions within the body trigger a chain reaction in one person and not another?
Certain behaviors can help reduce the risk of certain diseases in individuals, even where there is a genetic predisposition, but to what extent are these internal and external factors interdependent?
By determining the causal relationships between diet and health, the project intends to make a significant contribution to disease prevention, reduce symptoms of dietary-related illness, and improve overall quality of life.
The benefits of prevention are manifest; enhancing general health and wellbeing while significantly reducing health and social welfare system costs. The creation of a new R&D funding concept will also allow new healthy and nutritious foods to be developed whilst promoting increased competitiveness in the food industry.