We believe that we can create value for our shareholders by doing business in ways that specifically help address global and local issues in the areas of nutrition, water and rural development. This is what we mean when we speak about Creating Shared Value (http://www.nestle.com/csv/what-is-csv). Research and development plays a key role in helping to create shared value, especially in the area of nutrition (http://www.nestle.com/nutrition-health-wellness).
The Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences is committed to meeting the challenges of public health and nutrition, by focusing on areas where nutrition and lifestyle can have a beneficial impact with the ultimate aim of enhancing people’s quality of life.
NIHS does fundamental research to provide the understanding we need to define health and to understand the progression to chronic diseases which are increasingly prevalent in our society such as Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, and inflammatory bowel disease. The institute is applying these insights to provide new solutions that combine science-based nutrition with diagnostics for targeted interventions that help to delay the onset and improve the management of these conditions.
NIHS has a number of research projects under way focusing on delivering far-reaching solutions that have an impact in the intermediate and longer term. These include a study to identify the nutrient requirements that are fundamental for health in populations with different genetic backgrounds and cultures, and a major study of weight management in Europe for predicting the capacity of individuals to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight in the long term.
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