In July 2024, Tanita, a comprehensive health company, and the University of Tokyo's Institute of Gerontology (UTokyo IOG) will begin a joint demonstration experiment to examine the preventive and improving effects of experiences at an urban smart farm at Tanita's headquarters in Itabashi Ward, Tokyo on social and physical frailty.

 According to Tanita, the farm was opened in 3 on the grounds of Tanita's headquarters by three companies: Tanita, NTT East Japan, and urban farm service company Plantio. Rather than renting plots to each individual, it is a community-based farm where participants work together to farm, and has the ability to provide cultivation advice through a dedicated application based on data collected by IoT sensors installed in the soil.

 For the demonstration experiment, participants will be recruited from local residents of Itabashi Ward. While communicating with each other, participants will follow the app's advice to experience activities such as watering, hilling, thinning, and harvesting.

 The University of Tokyo IOG and Tanita believe that the community formed among participants through these experiences at the farm will reduce the risk of social frailty, and will verify this mechanism and consider more effective intervention methods. They will also develop community revitalization measures, such as cooking harvested vegetables based on recipes from the Tanita Shokudo and Tanita Cafe and serving them to participants, and holding barbecue parties, and verify the effectiveness of these measures.

 It is predicted that by 2065, more than 38% of Japan's population will be aged 65 or older, and that those aged 75 or older will account for more than 25% of the total population. As the aging population continues, the gap between healthy life expectancy and average life expectancy has widened to 12.07 years for women and 8.73 years for men, and rising medical expenses are becoming a social issue that is straining the finances of the national and local governments.

 In order to correct the gap between healthy life expectancy and average life expectancy, the team aims to visualize the effects of frailty prevention and improvement by utilizing the knowledge of frailty from the University of Tokyo IOG and Tanita's measurement technology, and to build an evidence-based frailty prevention and improvement project.

reference:[Tanita Corporation] Tanita and the Institute of Gerontology, University of Tokyo conduct joint research and begin demonstration experiments to prevent and improve frailty in urban smart farms

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