How you eat is as important as how you exercise. Healthy eating habits promote feelings of wellbeing, can help to regulate energy levels and contribute to a healthy, attractive appearance. Good nutrition contributes to health and can reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases. Poor eating habits can increase your risk of developing chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, type II diabetes, and heart disease.
The Nutrition Coach is an intelligent system that learns all about you, the foods that you typically eat, and your eating and drinking habits. It places importance on what you eat and drink, how often and how long you take over meals. Its purpose is to promote healthy eating habits that improve long-term health outcomes such as maintaining a healthy body weight, reduced blood pressure and total cholesterol.
Nutrition questions will be sent to your notification inbox via the website or smartphone app. You need to an answer the first 21 questions, which will arrive within a few minutes of each other, so that you can get your first Nutrition Score.
The Nutrition Coach will provide personalised hints and tips, identify nutrition goals for you to work on and guide you towards achieving them, improving the way you eat for life. You will receive a Nutrition Score which will move in real-time as you answer more questions.
The Nutrition Coach has been developed by nutritional, health and wellbeing experts. The development process has been overseen by an independent Medical Advisory board and content has also been assessed by a Behavioural psychologist, in collaboration with Nuffield Health experts.
The Nutrition Coach has been designed to provide subtle nudges and prompts to drive long term behaviour change. The Nutrition Coach does not count calories as this is difficult to sustain over the long term. The Nutrition Coach asks you a series of questions (requiring a Yes /No response or multiple choice answers) to build a rounded picture of your overall eating habits and learns about what influences your eating behaviour. The questions will last for approximately 1-3 months. Depending on the answers you give the system will prompt you with a useful hint or tip.
The Nuffield Healthy Eating Plan mainly consists of fruit and vegetables, wholegrain products, low-fat dairy, pulses and nuts. Olive oil is the main source of fat. Fish and poultry are consumed in low to moderate amounts. The plan is low in red meat and meat products, eggs, sweets, allows moderate consumption of wine (usually accompanying meals), and water being promoted as the best fluid for hydration. Download the Nuffield Healthy Eating Plan booklet which supports HealthScore’s Nutrition Coach.
- Plenty of plant foods (e.g. fruits, vegetables, potatoes, wholegrain breads, grains, beans, nuts and seeds)
- Minimally processed and seasonally fresh foods
- Fresh fruits as the typical daily dessert
- Wholegrain products (brown rice, whole-wheat, brown bread, and whole-wheat pasta).
- Olive oil is the main source of dietary fat
- Fish and seafood at least twice per week
- Dairy, poultry and eggs in small to moderate amounts (ideally low-fat dairy).
- Red meat in low frequency and small amounts
- Sweets and treats in low frequency and small amounts
- Wine in moderate amounts, usually accompanying meals (1-2 glasses per day for men and 1 glass for women)
- 1-2 litres of water per day.
There is substantial scientific evidence supporting that adherence to this type of meal plan results in the improvement of risk factors such as insulin resistance, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and impaired blood fats, as well as a reduction in morbidity and mortality of major chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Adherence to this type of meal plan has also been associated with the maintenance of a healthy body weight and is more sustainable in the long term when compared to other diets.
This is personalised to you and depends on your body measurements, for example; if your blood pressure or BMI is elevated, then the Nutrition Coach will be a higher priority for you and will influence your overall HealthScore more. Once the Nutrition Coach is activated, most users will see their score increase. However the Nutrition Coach is more sensitive to score changes and will have an immediate reaction to your score as and when you answer questions, e.g. after answering one question, your score may increase or decrease by 2 points.
You receive points depending on your answers which count towards your Nutrition Score. Some answers will decrease your score (RED), some answers will increase your score (GREEN) and others will provide a neutral score (WHITE) which will provide an in between value. Your Nutrition Score counts towards your overall HealthScore. You can opt in or out of the Nutrition Coach so you won’t have to answer questions relating to your nutritional habits continuously. You are in control of how many questions you receive each day.
The Nutrition Coach has been designed for healthy populations and may not be suitable for everyone. It does not take into consideration food allergies, food intolerances or gastrointestinal conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The Nutrition Coach has not been tailored to provide specific dietary advice with regards to chronic conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar) or dyslipidaemia (high blood cholesterol/fats). However, adherence to the Nuffield Healthy Eating Plan results in the improvement of risk factors such as insulin resistance, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and impaired blood cholesterol. So following this eating plan is beneficial for health for most people. However, if you have been advised by a medical professional to follow a specific eating plan then you should always follow this advice over any advice provided through the Nutrition Coach.
You can view your Nutrition Score any time by going to the ‘Diary’ page of your HealthScore account. Alternatively on the app you can view your Nutrition Score under the HealthScore section.
The questions the Nutrition Coach has asked you, the answers you gave and the hints you received will be stored in the ‘Diary’ page of your HealthScore profile. Within this page, click on the ‘Nutrition’ tab and select ‘History’ to view this information and how you scored for eating question.
Once you have answered the first 21 questions, you can change the frequency of questions. As you progress through the questions, the Nutrition Coach will continue to ask whether you are happy with the frequency of questions, or whether you want to change your settings.
Yes, the Nutrition Coach is available on the website and smartphone app. Any questions you receive and answer via the app with automatically sync with your online HealthScore profile.
If goals are activated, then you will continue receive goal related questions and follow-up.
You can opt in or out of the Nutrition Coach so you won’t have to answer questions relating to your nutritional habits. However if you turn the Nutrition Coach off, you will lose all of your accumulated Nutrition points.