Centre for Applied Research of the Faculty of Digital Media & Creative Industries


Vital elderly in the city of Amsterdam


Stimulating and maintaining an active lifestyle is vital to the large group of older people with early functional limitations. The Digital Life Centre develops digital support for a home-training program.

In the Netherlands every week 300,000 elderly people with early functional limitations participate in a programme 'More Exercise for the Elderly' (MBvO). The goal of the program is to stimulate independent functioning of older physically, both mentally and socially.

The current structure of MBvO does not appear to have suffcient effect on fitness aand health indicators. Our hypothesis is that older people benefit more from MBvO if 1 ) it is enriched with the specific training of functional capabilities , 2 ) the training frequency is increased , and 3 ) the nutritional status of the elderly is optimized.

VITAMINE will be evaluated in a randomized study (3×80 MBvO participants). In a preliminary feasibility study the intervention components with users (trainers and participants MBvO ) will be examined. Specific attention is paid to the diversity of the city of Amsterdam.

The project is financed by the Center of Expertise 'Urban Vitality' of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and is a collaboration between the Health domain (Raoul Engelbert and Bart Visser), the Exercise domain Sports and Nutrition (Peter Weijs), where a PhD student in the field of Nutrition and Exercise is appointed, and the Media, Creation and Information domain, where a PhD student in the field of Exercise and digital support.

22 October 2021

Project Info

Start date 01 May 2014
End date 01 Sep 2019


Ben Kröse
Sumit Mehra