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It's been a busy few months

The myfood24 team has been busy over the last few months. Professor Janet Cade has demonstrated the system and spoken about its development and potential at meetings in Cambridge, UK; Brussels, Belgium; and Karlsruhe, Germany.

We also had a stand at The Need for Nutrition Education / Innovation Programme (NNEdPro) summer meeting. The focus of the NNEdPro organisation is advancing and implementing nutrition knowledge to improve health, wellbeing and society. These are also aims of Dietary Assessment Ltd, through the application of myfood24. We will also have a presence at the Lancet, Public Health Science Conference in London on 24th November.

Janet also spoke at the Max Rubner Conference in Germany contributing to their theme of Nutrition Monitoring – challenges and developments. She particularly emphasised online surveys which are gaining in acceptance. We have found that when checking accuracy, comparisons between online and interview-based surveys deliver similar results. Against the backdrop of a highly dynamic food market, one of the challenges is, however, to maintain the efforts required to capture the relevant food and nutrient information.

Janet was also able to mention the need for high quality measures of food intake in the House of Lords at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Food and Health Forum focusing on Nutrition and Cancer. myfood24 is noted in the minutes of this meeting.

20th November 2017
Scientists at the University of Bonn are looking for volunteers

How balanced is a typical breakfast in Germany? Does the population absorb enough omega-3 fatty acids? Which factors favor diabetes? If you want to get answers to such questions, you have to ask a lot of people about their dietary habits. Scientists from the Universities of Bonn...

Click here to read on   https://www.uni-bonn.de/neues/215-2017.

25th September 2017
University of Leeds spinout measures dietary intake in Germany

Release date: 26 July 2017

Dietary Assessment Ltd, a recent spinout company from the University of Leeds, has signed an agreement with the University of Bonn to support its research into dietary intake. The University will use myfood24, an online food diary solution, to support a range of projects into the effects of diet on health.

myfood24 allows researchers, teachers, health professionals and dietitians to monitor diet and analyse food and drink consumption to help understand the cause and management of diet-related diseases. Covering a wide range of generic and branded foods and over 100 macronutrients and micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals, myfood24 provides a quick and easy to use tool to track, monitor and analyse nutritional intake.

Translated into German and with a new German food and nutrient database, myfood24 will provide the University of Bonn with real-time feedback on food and nutrient intake.

Professor Dr. Ute Nöthlings from the University of Bonn said: “We needed a tool to support a range of studies into dietary intake. myfood24 now is to our knowledge the first web-based solution for a self-administered 24hour-dietary recall allowing the assessment of German dietary habits.”

Steve Kerridge, Managing Director of Dietary Assessment Ltd, said: “We are delighted to announce this partnership with the University of Bonn. We have worked closely with Professor Dr. Ute Nöthlings and her colleagues to develop a version of myfood24 for the German market and it is great to see this being launched now. The University will use myfood24 to support its own studies and we will also work together to build a community of organisations across Germany using myfood24 to support their research into diet-related disease.”

Dr. Luke Watson from the University of Leeds Research and Innovation Services added: “It is fantastic to see Dietary Assessment Ltd expanding into new international markets. Clearly there is global interest in the impact of diet on our health. myfood24 provides a proven solution that meets the academic rigour demanded by world-class research projects.”

University of Bonn and Dietary Assessment Ltd will work together to develop a collaborative hub in Germany of organisations using myfood24 to support their dietary assessment needs.

Further information:

Please contact Sarah Beer for further information at s.l.beer@myfood24.org. 

About University of Bonn

The University of Bonn is one of the world's leading research based universities and therefore it is no surprise that we operate on an international level. We particularly specialize in the fields of research and teaching and this has led to our evolving into the position of a truly prominent international institution. The University of Bonn was founded almost 200 years ago and is considered to be one of Germany's and indeed Europe's most important institutes of higher education. As home of learning to over 34,000 students, we enjoy an outstanding reputation both at home and abroad.

For more information please visit https://www.uni-bonn.de/the-university. 

About Dietary Assessment Ltd

Originally conceived in the School of Food Science & Nutrition at the University of Leeds, myfood24 was developed to support academic research into dietary intake. The development and validation of myfood24 was funded by a grant from the Medical Research Council. In early 2017, a spinout company called Dietary Assessment Ltd was created in order to continue the development of myfood24 and respond to a growing range of customer requirements.

For more information please visit www.myfood24.org.



26th July 2017
Leading Danish cancer charity to analyse food and drink consumption with myfood24

Leading Danish cancer charity to use dietary assessment tool developed by University of Leeds

Release date: 12 July 2017

Danish Cancer Society, the largest disease-fighting organisation in Denmark, has chosen an online dietary assessment tool called myfood24 to help monitor diet and analyse food and drink consumption in its large cohort ‘Diet, Cancer and Health – Next Generations’.

Developed at the University of Leeds and now supported by spinout company, Dietary Assessment Ltd, myfood24 allows researchers, teachers, health professionals and dietitians to monitor diet and analyse food and drink consumption to help understanding the cause and management of diet-related diseases.

The ability to accurately estimate dietary intake is fundamental to nutritional epidemiology. myfood24 was created to provide an easy to use, online solution that would stand up to the academic rigour demanded by world-class research projects.

The Danish Cancer Society Research Centre Head of Research Professor Anne Tjønneland will be using myfood24 to support the Society’s ‘Diet, Cancer and Health - Next Generations’ project.

She said: “We have been working with the myfood24 team to develop a version for Denmark and we are delighted to be able to announce its launch. We will be using it to support our Next Generations project where we will be studying the dietary intake of approx. 50,000 participants. We will also be working closely with Dietary Assessment Ltd to support the adoption of myfood24 by other organisations across Denmark.”

Professor Janet Cade, Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Leeds and founder of Dietary Assessment Ltd, said: “This ambitious project established by Anne and her colleagues at the Danish Cancer Society Research Centre can only be realised using new technology such as offered by myfood24. We developed myfood24 to support our vision of reducing the incidence of diet-related disease across the globe. The Danish Cancer Society’s Next Generations project will provide world class evidence linking food and health.”

Danish Cancer Society Research Centre joins a growing international community of organisations using myfood24 to support their dietary assessment needs.

Further information:

Please contact Sarah Beer for further information at s.l.beer@myfood24.org.

About Danish Cancer Society

The Danish Cancer Society’s vision is for a life without cancer. For this purpose the Society works towards: Reducing the number of cancer cases, increasing the cancer survival rate, and improving life with cancer.

With about 430,000 members, the work of the Society falls into three main categories: Research, prevent and patient support. The Society supports and actively promotes the collection of research-based knowledge in areas where cancer patients require particular attention. The Society’s research department is internationally recognised and contributes to a strong research climate in Denmark. The Society also provides financial support to the best Danish cancer research projects. For more information please visit www.cancer.dk. 

About Dietary Assessment Ltd

Originally conceived in the School of Food Science & Nutrition at the University of Leeds, myfood24 was developed to support academic research into dietary intake. The development and validation of myfood24 was funded by a grant from the Medical Research Council. In early 2017, a spinout company called Dietary Assessment Ltd was created in order to continue the development of myfood24 and respond to a growing range of customer requirements.

For more information please visit www.myfood24.org. 

University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK, with more than 33,000 students from 147 different countries, and a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities.

We are a top 10 university for research and impact power in the UK, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and we are The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year 2017. Additionally, the University has been awarded a gold rating by the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework recognising its ‘consistently outstanding’ teaching and learning provision.


12th July 2017
How do we really know we are getting the right nutrition?

We all know that most people could improve the quality of their diet. But how should we do that and how do we really know whether our food intake is providing us with optimal nutrition?

In general we don’t eat the recommended five-a-day portions of fruit and vegetables – let alone seven, as has recently been suggested. According to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, only 27% of adults aged 19-64 years are meeting the five-a-day recommendation. The figure for children aged 11-18 years is even lower at 8%.

But it’s not just about fruit and veg. We do not consume adequate amounts of oily fish. Diets are also often too high in saturated fats, red and processed meat and sugars added to foods and fruit juice, and too low in fibre and some key vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A and iron.

Even if we cook from scratch, food cooked at home is not necessarily better nutritionally than pre-prepared meals, as discussed recently by Professor Cade, founder of Dietary Assessment Ltd, on Radio 4’s You and Yours. Many adults in both in the UK and the US are obese or overweight. There could be serious implications for long-term health as a result of our usual eating patterns.

To help keep track of how much energy and nutrients are being provided by our food we developed myfood24, an online dietary assessment tool. This new tool supports accurate, detailed recording of food and nutrient intake by researchers, but which can also support patients with diet-related conditions, sports enthusiasts, families with “picky” eaters and others. With data on 40,000 nutrients, it includes the largest complete food composition table in the UK, and possibly the world. A recent feature in The Conversation provides more detail on how we can make regular use of dietary monitoring to help us ensure that our food and nutrient intakes are also healthy.

9th May 2017
Radio 4 You and Yours: Cooking from Scratch

Professor Janet Cade, founder of Dietary Assessment Ltd, shares her thoughts on healthy eating on Radio 4's You and Yours programme. Click on the link below to listen to the podcast...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08j99mn 


27th March 2017
The Independent: Health & Families

Accuracy is a big problem when people self-report what they eat. A new online tool could help researchers and clinicians overcome this hurdle.

Click on the link below to read more...

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/the-online-tool-that-can-track-monitor-and-analyse-nutritional-intake-a7634896.html 




20th March 2017
The Conversation: The online tool that can track, monitor and analyse nutritional intake

We all know that most people could improve the quality of their diet. Most of us do not eat the recommended five-a-day portions of fruit and vegetables – let alone seven or even ten, as some have suggested. Nor do we consume adequate amounts of oily fish.

Click on the link below to read more...

https://theconversation.com/the-online-tool-that-can-track-monitor-and-analyse-nutritional-intake-73814 


 

16th March 2017
Leeds develops appetite for dietary assessment

Leeds University has spun out Dietary Assessment with an initial investment from the institution's Enterprise Fund. 

http://www.globaluniversityventuring.com/article.php/5675/leeds-develops-appetite-for-dietary-assessment 


9th February 2017
Leeds spin-out tackles diet-related disease
2nd February 2017
New spin-out firm tackles diet-related disease

According to Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, we are now spending more on treating obesity related conditions than on the police or fire service. NHS England estimates that about £16 billion a year is spent on the direct medical costs of diabetes and conditions related to being overweight or obese. 

myfood24 was created to help tackle this challenge. Click on the link below to find out more:

https://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/3982/new_spin-out_firm_tackles_diet-related_disease


1st February 2017
myfood24 - The online tool helping researchers get teenage kicks

An online method of collecting diet data could help unlock intake information for teenagers, a group often neglected in government policy, say UK researchers.

Click on the link below to read more...

http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/myfood24-the-online-tool-helping-researchers-get-teenage-kicks


16th March 2016
Validation of myfood24

myfood24 Is an online 24-h dietary assessment method developed to meet the need for an accurate national online dietary assessment tool.

Click on the link below to find out more...

http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/94160/ 


15th March 2016
Research project: A UK on-line 24h dietary recall tool for population studies

The aim of the project is to design a new online method to collect dietary intake, assess its validity and feasibility and compare it to the traditional methods of measuring diet to see if the new method is comparable or better.

Click on the link below to find out more...

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/medicine/academic_units/projects/myfood24.page#project_overview 


1st December 2015
Development and usability of myfood24: an online 24-hour dietary assessment tool

Dietary assessment in large scale population studies presents challenges to the researcher.

Click here to read more...

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283910884_Development_and_usability_of_myfood24_an_online_24-hour_dietary_assessment_tool 


1st September 2015