Friday, 15 January 2016

Undergraduate research into diet

Below are a couple of snapshots into some final year research projects being carried out by our students.

"For my final year project I have been fortunate enough to get the opportunity to work with Kathy, a Plymouth University Ph.D. student. Kathy is looking at how diet and physical activity during pregnancy affect the timing and composition of gestational weight gain, and how these maternal lifestyle factors in turn affect infant birth size characteristics. I have been assisting in analysing the women’s diet diaries and it’s great to be able to put into practice things I have learnt in the classroom and apply them to real life subjects. Getting the chance to be a part of a project which may help to inform future interventions and strategies aimed at pregnant women makes me feel privileged, and I look forward to seeing the final outcomes."

Emily Davey (below, with Kathy Redfern on the right)

''As part of my dissertation project I spent three days in my old Primary School collecting data. I was keen to see what the children were bringing in their packed lunch boxes and how this compared with free hot school meals in terms of salt, sugar and fat content. At the end of the week I was asked to meet with the school council to talk about ways we can work together to increase fruit and vegetable consumption at school. It was a highly enjoyable experience and further encouraged me to pursue a career in working with children.''

Ross Phelps (below, with a sample packed lunch)