Northeastern students Eva Kuruvilla, Debby Nguyen, Sohum Sheth and Sophia Tan work on a laptop on their Snapchat-like nutrition app for senior citizens, called EatRight.

Most digital nutrition programs are focused on young adults who are working to establish a healthy diet as they travel around the world. This does not mean, however, that older adults may not benefit from some assistance.

It is this attitude that has made veterinary medicine a theme for this year Husky Health Innovation Test. In the case competition, the Healthcare Creativity Club Vital, Student groups developed first digital solutions to help elderly patients meet their nutritional needs within two weeks. The one-day event, which commemorates Shark Tank TV, ends on March 27, with the final teams presenting their work plans to a panel of judges and then to the top ratings.

One of the top ideas this year was a Snapchat-like app that allows users to plan and monitor their meals, a voice support system to connect users to diet support, and a subscription snack box designed for each customer’s individual dietary needs.

“It’s a major factor in many chronic health conditions, as well as many other factors in people’s lives,” says five-year industry engineer Elisa Danetin. Director of Special Events at the Healthcare Innovation Club and a North East student who led the planning team for the exam.

The Northeast Student Team has developed an app like EatRight and Snapchat for seniors that provide services such as a diary, food planner, nutritionist and other nutrition support services. The 2021 Husky Health Innovation Challenge has a business plan. Photo by Ruby Walu / Northeast University

This year’s Husky Health Innovation Challenge was not just for the Huskies. Student-organized competition is open to include elementary students from the Boston area.

There are no opportunities for first-time graduates in the Boston area, such as the Husky Health Innovation Challenge, says Dante. “We wanted to shape our competition from what graduate institutions do,” she said, adding that the competition would be more collaborative and accessible to all undergraduate students in 2019. But it was this year when the university’s life went online and the team competed in two previous competitions under their belts.

And he was very involved. Representing eight different schools, 87 students entered the Husky Health Innovation Challenge in the first two competitions, 23 and 25.

“I think it’s a lot harder than it was in the Northeast alone,” says Eva Kuruvila, a second-year student in the Northeast who studies cellular and molecular biology and health systems engineering. Winning the second round made him even more excited.

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Kuruvila was part of the Northeast team’s business plan for the Tele Health Forum EatRight, Placed second in the competition. Designed with the elderly in mind, the app provides users with nutritious nutrition tips, print grocery plans that focus on local store options, personal contact with the dietitian, personal diary and weekly health questionnaires.

The proposed company combines partnerships with other organizations to support food supplies, nutrition supplements, friendships and volunteers such as grocery shopping. To better support the most vulnerable people, the EatRight financial support model will be based on Medicare.

The first group consisted of Boston University students. they He developed a sound system To support older adults in nutrition and to strengthen social cohesion for food security.

“It was a great experience,” says Ben Redler, a young business student at Bu. I thought he was hosted by some organization, he was very professional, all the emails, all the brand name, and the day I got to Peach and he was completely student-led and I thought ‘this is great’. ”The experience inspired him to start something similar at BU, he says.

The test not only encouraged friendly competition between universities — it also served as a way to bring college students together in the Boston area. Mega Gupta, a fourth-year student in Northeast Neuroscience who has been in charge of external relations, said: And the effort to deliver the test to the organizing team.

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But for a group, that co-operation comes naturally. Elizabeth C., a first-year student in political science and economics, did not hear about the competition from the university host. Shrea Nair, a freshman at Harvard University, saw the ad and immediately thought of the opportunity to work with her longtime friend. The couple teamed up and recruited another Nigerien classmate to finish third – the only first-team team among the finalists.

Their thoughts, Wise snack, The preferred snack to meet individual food needs is to deliver monthly snacks. The box will contain a wide variety of snacks to help consumers elaborate on their own options and nutritional value and how the information will benefit their bodies. But the service does not stop there. The company also hosts monthly virtual group meals to alleviate loneliness and hold consumers accountable.

The top three teams have received cash prizes, all of which hopeful organizers hope to turn these ideas into reality. But according to Christopher Han, chief executive of fourth-year neuroscience in the Northeast, the goal is for students to think about children’s nutrition and practice business planning and coordination.

“You can’t solve plant nutrition in one case,” says Han. But I think it’s just a matter of being able to think big and think ahead and realize that you don’t have all the answers, but you should definitely try… and any effort to improve health care is a good effort.

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