The LIFANA meal planner recommends meals for a whole week based on the user’s preferences, such as culture, taste, and budget, but more importantly on personal advice provided by professional nutritionists. The goal is to include recipes that are nutritionally appropriate on their own and that the user likes. Depending on the individual abilities and situation of the user, the package will further support shopping tasks for self-cooking, coordination of shopping tasks with support persons, such as family members, and grocery delivery services.  Our clinical partner develops a tele-nutrition service model that facilitates the interaction between the end-user and the formal care provider, including laboratory tests. Our project has a strong focus on end-user integration to design a desirable product. We will invite users to shape the LIFANA solution according to their needs. The resulting prototype will be tested for usability before evaluating its effects on health and well-being during twelve-month field trials in Portugal and The Netherlands.


Many elderly suffer from nutritional problems that can cause chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure or cardiovascular diseases. The goal of the project LIFANA is to develop and evaluate the LIFANA Nutrition Solution that supports healthy nutrition through all phases of ageing, from active seniors to elderly users and patients in need of daily care. Individual meal recommendations based on personal advice from professional nutritionists and integrated with decision support in the supermarket will assist the users to change their eating habits in order to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Expected results and impact

LIFANA aims to reduce the effort of daily food-related tasks for end-users and their support persons by integrating the meal-recommendations with recipe databases, grocery delivery services and smart shopping lists. We also address socio-economic aspects by taking advantage of promotional offers from retailers. We expect significant improvement of well-being and a reduced risk of malnutrition during the field trials with 280 participants in three countries. Our business partners intend to integrate LIFANA into their existing “GoLive” products and tele-medication services as soon as possible after the project ends.


Partners involved in the LIFANA project

Organization Type Country Website
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) R&D Luxembourg
Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) R&D Luxembourg
Associação Fraunhofer Portugal Research R&D Portugal
Sonae Center Serviços II Large Industry Portugal
Santa Casa da Misericordia do Porto End User Portugal
Gociety Solutions SME The Netherlands
KBO PCOB End User The Netherlands
cereneo Schweiz SME Switzerland
cereneo - Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung (CEFIR) R&D Switzerland
  • Project name: Lifelong Food and Nutrition Assistance (LIFANA)
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  • Coordinator: Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)
  • Duration: 30 months
  • Starting date: 01.05.2018
  • Total budget: 2,3 mi €
  • Public contribution: 1,5 mi €


Christoph Stahl


T.: +352 275 888 2886


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