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How do we make sure that children in a wheelchair can play sports? What do elderly people need to live independently? How can we help people recover faster after a medical treatment?

The Health Innovation Centre of Expertise is researching these and other complex issues around the themes of 'Prevention through nutrition and exercise', ‘Inclusive exercise and sport’ and ‘Long-term care, housing and welfare’.

Social and technological aspects 

With over 80 staff members, the Centre of Expertise contributes to a vital and sustainable life for everyone, in the broadest definition of the word. In the nine participating research groups, professors, (lecturer) researchers and students work together with professionals, companies and end users. Using these various perspectives (social, design, engineering), our research is mainly focussed on the use of socio-technological innovations. Socio-technological because we believe that technology is never isolated from the social aspect.

To initiate change, you need to take into account the person behind the issue. E-health or healthcare technology is here to stay, creating new opportunities. However, technological capabilities don't automatically result in a better quality of life. Social contacts and participation in society also play an important role here. We include all these perspectives in our approach of complex health and inclusion issues, making the best use of our knowledge and expertise. 

Practice-oriented 

A practical focus is always part of our research. We work together with residents, students, local (sports) organisations and businesses to find solutions to real questions and provide advice or offer solutions can be directly put into practice. By implementing the knowledge and expertise acquired in education, we train the real professionals of the future. We sometimes do this in so-called living labs. These are places at companies or in neighbourhoods where we can fully release the creative energy of researchers, students and stakeholders in an informal setting. We distinguish ourselves by listening carefully, always testing our findings against real life and actually implementing the solutions found. 

Projects

Projects

Fighting childhood obesity together (Leer-Kracht Preventie in de Wijk)

Fighting childhood obesity together (Leer-Kracht Preventie in de Wijk)

In some of The Hague's districts, there are relatively many overweight children and young people. So far, professionals are only partially succeeding in helping this target group. The Hague University of Applied Sciences, LUMC Campus The Hague and ROC Mondriaan join forces with Haaglanden Municipal Health Service, Stichting Lijn 1 Den Haag, ZWconnect and Xtra Welzijn to develop a unique, cross-domain refresher course for professionals on 'prevention and management of overweight and obesity in children up to 12 years of age'.

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Assistive technology for longer independent living (AW Technology for Home)

Assistive technology for longer independent living (AW Technology for Home)

Assistive devices are of great importance in supporting and improving the users' independence, quality of life and participation in society. With the right aids, people who experience limitations in daily life can also live independently at home for longer. They are also needed to meet the growing demand for care. By using aids, a lot of care can take place in the home situation. The Academic Workshop: Technology for Home* will conduct research that will help to use aids intelligently and effectively in the home situation.

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Robot vacuum cleaners in home care

Robot vacuum cleaners in home care

The workload in home care is high and technological innovations, such as a robot vacuum cleaner, can make a valuable contribution to reducing that workload and the amount of work done by home helpers, among other things. Not enough research has been done on the use of robot vacuum cleaners to be able to say this with certainty. Therefore, in April 2022, a large-scale pilot project was started in the municipalities of Amsterdam and The Hague, in collaboration with the care providers Axxicom Thuishulp, Cordaan Thuisdiensten (both part of Incluzio) and Tzorg, to measure the effect of a robot vacuum cleaner within the Household Help (HbH) domain. During this pilot, 100 robot vacuum cleaners will be used for a year at clients' houses in the municipalities of Amsterdam and The Hague.

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Play-friendly cities

Play-friendly cities

More and more children in the Netherlands are overweight, don't exercise enough and have poor motor skills. For children to become healthy and fit adults, it is important to encourage them to exercise more. One way to achieve this is to better facilitate outdoor play. Playing outdoors not only has a positive effect on physical and mental health, but also on motor, cognitive and social skills.

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Staying active after physiotherapy (BiBoZ Practical Study)

Staying active after physiotherapy (BiBoZ Practical Study)

Everyone knows that exercise is healthy and important. Yet it is difficult to get and stay active. For example, care professionals see that despite their efforts, more than half the clients relapse into unhealthy exercise behaviour within a year. That is why Leiden University of Applied Sciences, The Hague University of Applied Sciences and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences have developed the BiBoZ method. The research is led by THUAS’ Healthy Lifestyle in a Supporting Environment research group.

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Project City & Co

Project City & Co

The global ageing of the urban population calls for more age-friendly cities tailored to the wishes and needs of older adults and offering them every opportunity to participate in society. The research group Urban Ageing, together with national and European partners, will investigate the age-friendliness of four European cities during the three-year project City & Co: Older Adults Co-Creating a Sustainable Age-friendly City.
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Maintaining vitality with innovative technology (Medical Delta Living Lab VIT for life)

Maintaining vitality with innovative technology (Medical Delta Living Lab VIT for life)

People with vitality who – literally and figuratively – feel comfortable in their own skin use less healthcare. Increasing vitality by eating healthily and getting enough exercise has a positive effect on people and the healthcare system. In Medical Delta Living Lab VIT for life, the Healthy Lifestyle in a Supporting Environment Research Group and its partners are researching how technology can support improving vitality.
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Innovations in sport and exercise in the SportLab

Innovations in sport and exercise in the SportLab

The SportLab is a practical environment (‘field lab’) at the Zuiderpark Sports Campus. At the SportLab, researchers are working on innovations and research to help people exercise more and better and to improve sports performances. 
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A healthy lifestyle for cancer patients (Medical Delta Living Lab Better In Better Out)

A healthy lifestyle for cancer patients (Medical Delta Living Lab Better In Better Out)

People with cancer recover faster if they are in better shape at the start of their treatment. Being fit goes hand-in-hand with a healthy lifestyle: a healthy diet and enough exercise. Both technology and a good partnership between patient and care professional can support someone in learning and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But what application works best for whom? How can care professionals best work together with patients? The Oncological Care Research Group is involved in the Medical Delta Living Lab Better In Better Out to conduct a series of research on this.

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A healthier THUAS (Healthy@HHS)

A healthier THUAS (Healthy@HHS)

How can The Hague University of Applied Sciences become a healthy university and help its students and staff members at school and at work to lead and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle? Several research groups, degree programmes and service departments are working together in the project Healthy@HHS to answer that question. The research will lead to innovative projects and programmes that will help to improve the health of students and staff members. 
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Living Lab Social Domain and Technology

Living Lab Social Domain and Technology

How do we ensure that care remains accessible, affordable and viable now and in the future? Technology can play an important role here, but is still underutilised in care and in the social domain. The Living Lab Social Domain and Technology wants to change this. The Health Innovation Centre of Expertise is working together with the City of The Hague and others in this living lab.
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Exercise-friendly Zuiderpark

Exercise-friendly Zuiderpark

With a skate park, playground, fitness area and sports fields, The Hague’s urban Zuiderpark seems like a very exercise-friendly park. But despite all of these exercise facilities, vulnerable target groups are not using the park to exercise. The Technology for Inclusive Movement and Sport research group is researching how to set up Zuiderpark as an inclusive and motivating exercise environment.
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Vitality and health from young to old (Vitale Delta)

Vitality and health from young to old (Vitale Delta)

Vitality and health from young to old is an important theme for the Delta region of Leiden, The Hague and Rotterdam. The aging population and increased burden on care are a cause for concern. The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Leiden and Inholland University of Applied Sciences are working together to share knowledge and skills in the research programme ‘Vitale Delta’. They want to undertake steps to strengthen people’s resilience and ownership and create a healthy environment for residents in the region. 
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Home rehabilitation for the elderly (Medical Delta Living Lab Geriatric Rehabilitation@home)

Home rehabilitation for the elderly (Medical Delta Living Lab Geriatric Rehabilitation@home)

For many elderly people, rehabilitation at home is easier than following a rehabilitation programme at a healthcare facility. It prevents the patient from being dependent on others to get to the rehabilitation facility. Also, the patient does not have to wait until the scheduled appointment to work on their recovery. Various e-health applications can support this. But how do they best meet the needs of patients, treatment providers and family carers? Which applications work well for whom? And when? The Rehabilitation and Technology Research Group is conducting research to find answers to these questions.
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