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Pilot study on personalized solutions for chronic conditions (COPD/Sarcopenia)

PROOF (Platform for Research Oriented towards personalized Food) is a collaboration between three Flemish and three Dutch partners in which the expertise of healthcare professionals, (food) companies and knowledge institutions is bundled to develop tailor-made food for people with chronic care needs.

LifeHabit – part of the Proof project, a personalized digital treatment program for improving the quality of life of people with COPD and Sarcopenia

Partners: Bewell Innovations, Greenhabit, Triamant, Maastricht University, MUMC+, Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, VIVES University of Applied Sciences, TUA-West, POM West Flanders.

The LifeHabit application helps sarcopenia and/or COPD patients on their way to better health and a higher quality of life.


The aim of this pilot study is to improve quality of life and health status using a personalized technology tool for patients with sarcopenia and/or COPD. The five categories of the current existing Greenhabit vitality app are seen as the most important influencers on the health status of our patients, namely: nutrition-exercise-relaxing-positive thinking and social environment

Innovation project PROOF


Both COPD and sarcopenia have a major negative impact on the quality of life of patients. Patients often have to stick to a strict schedule in terms of no smoking, nutrition, exercise, therapy and sometimes lack the courage to stick to this or pay too little attention to it. This can lead to a medical incident and hospitalization. Each time, patients take a step backwards instead of forwards.

In addition, these disorders pose a challenge for various health care providers: in the field of accurate follow-up or monitoring of the diet and exercise pattern, in the field of screening and diagnosis, and in the field of lifestyle coaching. On average, the pneumologist in Belgium sees the COPD patient 2-3 times a year, but 40% of the patients are admitted more often, due to poor adherence to therapy and follow-up.

There is a need for better holistic insights and knowledge (cfr. bio-psycho-social and environment) and specific follow-up of the patients. Usually it goes relatively well when admitted to hospital, but this becomes more difficult when the patient stays in a home environment and has to rely mainly on himself and the historically trusted network. And that is frustrating for treating doctors and nurses, but certainly also for the patient himself.

In both sarcopenia and COPD, appropriate diet and exercise are key to maintaining patients’ quality of life.

The “LIFEHABIT” project therefore wants to respond to 2 healthcare challenges: 1) better knowledge and follow-up of COPD and sarcopenia by using digital telemonitoring tools and 2) stimulating and coaching to exercise (physical and mental) of these chronic patients, and this in a home environment.