One major cause of older people’s frailty in many countries is malnutrition. A study from January 2015 reported that 1 in every 6 seniors reaching the emergency room are malnourished (Pereira et al., 2015) and those at risk of malnutrition are estimated to be as much as 2/3. Malnutrition can have serious consequences on one’s health and independence. Being unable to follow a healthy diet will most likely lead older people into a vicious cycle: functional decline leads to malnutrition and malnutrition leads to further decline.

How it works

Cordon Gris will create a system to gather and manage all the data that are relevant for the recommendation of a healthy diet, coming from different sources: sensors for activity monitoring, user reported data, country-specific food composition tables, retailers’ information or service providers’ information. By making sense of all the data, the central intelligent system can generate recommendations that balance healthy eating, physical activity and a budget constraint. With its intelligent treatment of the data, along with the recommendations, the project will provide the conditions for the ‘flat-rate food’ concept to become a reality in different scenarios, e.g. independent and dependent users, family homes and institutions.
The project is born out of previous knowledge from the different partners and is designed to build on a strong contribution from field implementations in the three countries participating in the proposal: Portugal (R&D + food supplier + end-user), United Kingdom (food supplier + end-user) and the Netherlands (food supplier + end-user).
The project started in May 2016 and is running until April 2018.


Pereira et al. (2015). Malnutrition among cognitively intact, noncritically ill older adults in the emergency department. Ann Emerg Med.;65(1):85-91.