Verdify used in clinical study into the effects of lifestyle changes in inflammatory bowel diseases.
Edited by Carlijn Lamers, physician & researcher and Marloes Snijder, research assistant.
Because of an increase in the prevalence of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), such as Crohn's disease and colitis ulcerosa, there is a need for additional research into the effect of lifestyle factors on these diseases. Several studies imply that in addition to medicine, food and physical exercise can play a role in managing remission and improving the quality of life of IBD patients.
Therefore, Wageningen University & Research and the Dutch hospital ‘Ziekenhuis Gelderse Vallei’ have started the Crocodile study. In this study dietary advice is combined with recommendations for exercise. For three months participants are intensively guided by a dietitian and a physiotherapist with the goal of creating a healthier lifestyle. The researchers’ ambition is that the symptoms related to Crohn’s disease and colitis ulcerosa will reduce.
The Verdify app is one of the tools that study participants can use. Verdify facilitates participants to follow the prescribed diet by means of varied recipes. A specific diet category has been added to the Verdify portal to ensure that the recipes used by participants align with the study guidelines. The researchers expect that with the aid of tasty and refreshing recipes the participants are even more motivated to adopt a healthy lifestyle.