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Nutrition Society – Dietary Assessment Methods Workshop coming to Edge Hill – can’t wait!

When Sue Crompton, Nutrition & Health student at Edge Hill University sent a message to ‘The Nutrition Society’, on Facebook, asking them to bring one of its prestigious events ‘Up North’ she didn’t think they actually would.  Well they have! 

Sue & Val already looking forward to the Nutrition Society event

The event coming to Edge Hill is the ‘Dietary Assessment Workshop’ which will be taking place on 26th March 2015. (Book by 5th Feb to take advantage of the early bird booking fee of £200).

  • Sue has had a lifelong interest in nutrition and exercise and says she’s really looking forward to the day and is delighted to be helping organise the event along with Kathleen Mooney our Senior Lecturer. 

The workshop will bring together current knowledge and practice on dietary assessment methods, with a particular focus on choosing correct assessment techniques for optimising dietary intake data measurement.

The practical, guided sessions will enable delegates to trial computational analysis of dietary data and include one-to-one drop-in discussions with experts in the field.

The workshop is open for all with a Bsc level of knowledge in dietary assessment methods.

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As for me, I’m really looking forward finding out about the new approaches to dietary assessment. This is a great skill to have and it’s brilliant that it’s on our doorstep.

Well done Sue, you did great!

Val

Sue -Nutrition Society - local organiser

Sue – Nut Soc Local Organiser

Registration fees:

All prices to attend are inclusive of training materials, lunch, refreshments, wi-fi and use of computer.

  • The cost for early bird booking is £200 (inc. VAT) valid until 5 February 2015.

From 6th Feb the cost will be:

  • Members of the Nutrition Society: £260 (inc. VAT)
  • Non-members: £330 (inc. VAT) Valid from 6 February 2015
    You can book this workshop online

Aims and objectives:

  • Select appropriate dietary assessment methods to address research aims
  • Understand how to minimise data collection error whilst estimating portion sizes
  • Understand limitations about food composition databases
  • Learn about new approaches in dietary assessment methods
  • Familiarise themselves with energy adjustment in nutrition surveys
  • Appreciate the application of dietary pattern methodology in nutrition surveys

Continue Professional Development (CPD) credits

This event has received Association for Nutrition (AfN) CPD Endorsement.
– See more at: http://www.nutritionsociety.org/training-and-education/dietary-assessment-methods#sthash.WuD4HR2G.dpuf- See more at: http://www.nutritionsociety.org/training-and-education/dietary-assessment-methods#sthash.WuD4HR2G.dpuf

Edge Hill - University of the year 2015

Edge Hill – University of the year 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy Anniversary!

Merry Christmas everyone! Today (26.12.14) is extra special for me because I’m celebrating the anniversary of my first blog post on Nutritionval.com.

Over the last 12 months I’ve uploaded 86 posts, had 3,626 views from 79 countries and have nearly 100 followers.  I also won a scholarship award for my blog and had an amazing time at the award ceremony on 5th December where I meet a hero of mine Dr Tanya Byron who presented my award.

Nutrition & Health Degree Award Winners with Edge Hill Chancellor Dr Tanya Byron

BSc (Hons)Nutrition & Health Degree Award Winners  (Val, Nathan & Laura) with Edge Hill Chancellor Dr Tanya Byron

 

Another highlight of the event was meeting the other ICT & Enterprise award winners Lindsey who has set up her own candy buffet business called ‘Sweet Dreams’, and Greg Anderton for “Leafy Lytham’ his garden retail product business.

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I have really enjoyed writing my blog and have learned  new technical skills and a great deal about social media. It takes time, patience and commitment to keep a blog going for 12 months with many closing after just a few months, but it seems that every day I learn something new that I am just desperate to share..

My Edge Hill University Scholarship Award has allowed me to attend a number of excellent nutrition events and to share my experiences with other students who weren’t able to attend, for one reason or another. For me it’s a great record of what CPD activity I have undertaken.

Hayley, Greg and Val ICT & Enterprise Excellence Award Winners

Hayley, Greg and Val ICT & Enterprise Excellence Award Winners

Most of all over the last 12 months I’ve met some really interesting and lovely people who have all been very supportive about my blog and encouraged my passion for the subject of nutrition.  I’m looking forward to blogging over the next 12 months, sharing knowledge and continuing to find my social media voice.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year from Nutritionval.com

Val

Greg Anderton with his Leafy Lytham stall at Edge Hill.

Greg Anderton with his Leafy Lytham stall at Edge Hill.

Nutrition Society Winter Meeting – Loved it!

This years Nutrition Society Winter Meeting on ‘Nutrition and age-related muscle loss, sarcopenia and cachexia’, was every bit as good as last years event. The two day symposium organised by the Royal College of Medicine and the Nutrition Society was packed full of interesting speakers, poster presentations and opportunities to network.

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Twitter feed from the Nutrition Society showing me networking!

The event helped me to understand the role skeletal muscle plays in maintaining health and wellbeing and the importance of nutrition in preventing sarcopenia (the loss of mass, strength and function) and cachexia (involuntary rapid loss of body weight and muscle mass).

The lectures, oral presentations and poster sessions provided information from a clinical perspective and findings from current research. I found the biochemistry and physiology fascinating and although as a nutrition student I’m certainly no expert, the presentations really helped me understand how bodily functions and chemical processes change with age.

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Everyone I met was so passionate about their subject and it was great to chat with those who had just presented their research findings, and those like me, who are studying and may present at the event in future.

I met many interesting people including:

  • a Dietitian I follow on Twitter (Dr Sarah Bath)
  • a Psychiatrist who had worked in eating disorder clinics,
  • a nutrition student who has applied for a studentship in Hong Kong,
  • a Dietitian who has an amazing career as a freelance,
  • a member of the Royal College of Medicine.

I also spent time chatting to Research Dietitian (Eva Grace) from Kings College London who presented finding from a longitudinal cohort study she has undertaken into the ‘persistence and development of malnutrition in patients with upper-gastrointestinal cancer’.

Eva’s lecture was fascinating and introduced me to the Patient Generated Subjective Global Assessment (PG-SGA) they used which is a nutritional assessment considered to be the gold standard that has been validated in the oncology setting.  I discovered that this was more in-depth and reliable than the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST) more widely used to assess patients in a clinical setting as it consists of only four simple steps.

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I really enjoyed the whole event and loved spending a couple of days in London.  On the way back from the meeting, to the hotel after day one I called in to Selfridge’s Department Store and ended up watching ‘Paddington Bear’ in the Everyman cinema on the lower ground floor. The cinema was lovely: very plush, sofas, comfy chairs and a bar! Had a great time – a brilliant two days from start to finish.

I would recommend all nutrition students attend events run by the Nutrition Society they really do bring a subject to life.

Val

Paddington Bear Selfridges window display was amazing

Paddington Bear Selfridges window display was amazing

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

Dr. Robert Lustig, author of ‘Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar’, will give evidence to MP’s at the All Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood Tomorrow (9 July 2014). This purpose of this group is to develop practical policies to reduce the scale of childhood obesity by engaging with interested parties and experts, encouraging them to act together to find solutions.

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I recently watched the following Youtube video as part of the FutureLearn Obesity course that has so far had over 4 million hits:  Youtube clip

In the video Professor Lustig outlines that there is a hormone in your stomach called ‘ghrelin’, which is the hunger hormone.

When your stomach is empty, ghrelin goes up, and tells your brain, its time to eat.

Then you eat, ghrelin goes down, and so hunger goes away.

But, when you consume sugar, fructose does not get registered by the brain as you having eaten. Ghrelin doesn’t change. You stay hungry.

Interestingly Professor Lustig  was interviewed on Channel 4 News today and said:

  • We are consuming double or triple the amount of sugar our bodies can metabolise.
  • When fat is taken out of food such as yogurt, deserts and salad dressings, it is replaced by sugar, to make it more palatable.
  • Low fat / reduced calorie food is dangerous, we might as well put a scull and crossbones on it.
  • The obesity epidemic could be solved if people ate real food that doesn’t have a label on it.
  • He was in favour of a ‘sugar tax’ on the basis that anything we can do to reduce the amount of sugar being consumed is a good idea.

I gained an insight into the food industries stance on this debate at an on-line seminar, (Obesity and Health: the big fat, sugar and salt debate, publicised by the Nutrition Society), that I attended on 3rd July 2014. Here’s a snapshot!

  • Barbara Gallani the Director of regulatory, science and heath, Food and Drink Federation defended the food industry and the efforts they have put into calorie reduction.
  • Professor Graham MacGregor, (Professor of cardiovascular medicine at the Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine) suggested that the food industry was at the route cause of obesity and called for the food industry to reformulate fast food to make it healthier. He went on to say that in his view the Governments ‘Responsibility Deal’, launched in March 2011 aimed at encouraging businesses and influential organisations to work collaboratively to improve public health, was a dead duck in the water!

As a nutrition student I would love to be an observer at the All Party Parliamentary Group tomorrow and look forward to hearing more about this fascinating debate as it rages on.

Val