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Healthy Living

Healthy Living provides services to business, and delivers training, outreach and knowledge transfer activities.

The unit was established by Dr Greta Defeyter following a Conference, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, in Newcastle in 2010. The event attracted more than 170 delegates, including politicians, teachers, nutritionists, academics, charity workers and local councillors, and revealed an incredible amount of interest in school breakfast clubs.  

In order to bridge the gulf between university research and its application to real life situations, Healthy Living conducts research that not only has a real impact on communities, but also listens to people, thereby resulting in a real two-way exchange of knowledge.  The research focuses on aspects of children’s health and wellbeing, nutrition, cognition, and the relationship between food, physical activity and cognitive performance. The academic team are also active in researching community healthy eating programmes and evaluating nutrition within the workplace.

Healthy Living has informed policy makers, academics, user groups and the public of the benefits regarding children’s breakfast consumption at a National and International level. The research findings have been presented in the Westminster Parliamentary Newsletter, at the Parliamentary Food and Health Forum and the House of Lords.

The unit has already won its first training contract which will see Dr Defeyter working with Kelloggs and national learning charity, ContinYou, to provide training for people wanting to establish school and community breakfast clubs. The training incorporates issues such as school food policy, nutrition and child safety, and will be offered on both a face-to-face and online basis.

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