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From patients to public health nutrition – Dr Rachel Laws

Our next blog is from Dr Rachel Laws, a researcher and soon-to-be Senior lecturer from the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Her research primarily focuses on early life nutrition and developing obesity prevention interventions for families with young children, particularly programs that can be readily … Continue reading

Eating patterns: how do they affect our health?

Everywhere we turn, be it health magazines, diet books or social media posts from “health and fitness warriors”, we are confronted with nutrition advice to promote weight loss. For instance, the advice to have frequent small meals throughout the day to control hunger while increasing metabolism has been repeated so often that many have come … Continue reading

Free trade, food systems and dietary change in the Pacific

Studded across the vast Pacific Ocean are twenty-two small island nations and territories, home to a diversity of population sizes, geographies and cultures. Among these palm-swept islands, one of the clearest examples of food systems and dietary change in modern history has played out. This change has been driven, at least in part, by the … Continue reading

From passion to profession … PhD student Neha Rathi shares her story

Our next blog is from Neha Rathi, a PhD student from the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Her research primarily focuses on improving the diets of adolescent Indians. Neha has been invited to share her research journey. Find out more about Neha’s research journey in … Continue reading

Doctors are ill-equipped to reduce the burden of chronic disease

How would you respond if, when consulting your doctor for a sore throat, that they told you that you were overweight? Would you appreciate your doctor raising this issue with you, or would you be insulted? Professor Caryl Nowson, Chair in Nutrition and Ageing, Institute of Physical Activity and Nutrition at the School of Exercise … Continue reading

How are sleep and good nutrition linked?

Dr Dominque Condo, a lecturer in nutrition and dietetics, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Sports Dietitian at Geelong Cats football club, talks about the latest research for Sleep Awareness Week. Dr Condo, along with colleagues at Deakin University, Associate Professor Brad Aisbett and Dr Severine Lamon, reviewed the evidence linking the potential effects of sleep … Continue reading

Interested in a career in research? Dr Katherine Livingstone shares her research pathway

Our next blog is from Dr Katherine Livingstone, an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow from the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Her research interests are dietary patterns, diet quality, obesity and cardiovascular disease in young adults.   Katherine has been invited to share her research … Continue reading

My visit to the National Institute of Nutrition in Vietnam

Three weeks packed full of screaming babies, endless eating, motorbike rides and gorgeous people! Nicole Biggs, Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences and Alfred Deakin Medallist, talks about her visit to the  National Institute of Nutrition in Vietnam funded by Australian Nutrition Trust Fund. The work I spent the majority of my time with the … Continue reading

Can multivitamins combat stress?

To take a multivitamin or not to take a multivitamin? That is the question. In recent years there have been mixed messages around whether it is worthwhile for healthy people to take additional dietary supplements. Dietitians tend to advocate a diet filled with fruits and vegetables before reaching for the supplement bottle. Medical clinicians have … Continue reading

Energy drinks and adverse cardiovascular health effects: should we be worried?

We may turn to energy drinks for a quick-fix energy boost, but could these drinks be harmful to the health of our heart? New research suggests that drinking more than two energy drinks per day could lead to heart palpitations in otherwise healthy young adults. This could have serious implications for our overall cardiovascular health. … Continue reading

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