The ‘Full of Beans’ exhibit, designed and developed by the Healthy Living team, also provides a range of hands on, interactive experiences relating to health and gives visitors the opportunity to test their own cognition via an online cognitive testing battery. The exhibit was based at the Centre for Life for nearly one month and was attended by over 1000 children.

Staff and students from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences worked together on an interactive exhibit to discuss healthy living and how to increase awareness of the problems associated with poor diet. Computer games, ‘fat’ suits, and entertaining quizzes were a few of the activities available to the public at Centre for Life in Newcastle.

The ‘Be Full of B.E.A.N.S (Brain Energy Activity Nutrition Success)’ exhibition, is aimed at children and parents and is an opportunity for academics to share their research to the general public in a fun and accessible way. Advice is provided on how to increase fruit and vegetable intake, how to increase physical activity levels, as well as the importance of food and cognitive function.

Dr Julie Young, Registered Nutritionist at Northumbria University, is leading the exhibition. She said: “Our aim is to increase nutritional knowledge and awareness via a number of fun interactive activities in order to help reinforce this information at an early age and enable children to take the steps towards a healthier, longer life. The interactive element of the public engagement exhibit will open up dialogue, promote discussion and may, in addition, help to increase awareness of the implications of poor diet and lifestyle in young and older people.”