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Healthy Living Lab in the News

Healthy Living Lab’s recent trip to London to present important evidence to the All party Parliamentary Inquiry into Holiday Hunger is in the news. Click here for a link to the news item…

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15th Mar 2017

Director of Healthy Living receives prestigious food award

Healthy Living Director, Professor Greta Defeyter has received a prestigious Children’s Food Heroes Award, run by Sustain – an alliance for better food and farming, for her pioneering work into school breakfast clubs and holiday hunger. Beating off tough competition, …

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17th Jan 2017

Northumbria University to showcase world-class research at Food Matters Live

Representatives of Northumbria University’s Healthy Living Lab will be present to discuss their research initiatives relating to public health interventions, including school holiday hunger, school and community breakfast clubs, nutrition within school and the workplace, and the associations between nutrition, cognition and …

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7th Nov 2016

Healthy Living Team Member’s New Post

Healthy Living are delighted to announce that Dr Pamela Graham will be taking up a new post at Northumbria University. Pam has been offered a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship in ‘Integrative Health and Social Care’, a multi-disciplinary research theme at …

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25th Aug 2016

Summer Holiday Club Research Underway

The next phase of Healthy Living’s research programme, investigating summer holiday club provision, got under way earlier this summer when Healthy Living PhD student Jackie Woods visited school based holiday clubs in Scotland and the North East of England.

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5th Aug 2016

The 2015 Breakfast Club Award winners are…

On 8th December, award winning schools from across the UK visited the House of Commons for the Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Awards ceremony.  Winning schools were presented with their awards by Sharon Hodgson MP, Jonathan Myers, Kellogg’s Regional Vice-President for the …

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4th Jan 2016

Food & Fun in Cardiff

A holiday scheme that recently took place in Cardiff has been described as a ‘lifeline’ for parents.  The Food and Fun project, which is currently being evaluated by researchers from Healthy Living, provided meals and enrichment activities to children during …

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3rd Sep 2015

Do children go hungry in the school holidays?

The absence of free school meals during the summer holidays means some children are going hungry, according to a leading academic and a government adviser on child health. ‘Click here’ for more information.

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3rd Aug 2015

New research on children’s behaviour in breakfast clubs

Dr Pamela L Graham and Prof Greta Defeyter have published a new research paper in collaboration with Prof Riccardo Russo from University of Essex.  The research reports on children’s behaviour within the breakfast club setting, demonstrating that overall children display …

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8th Jul 2015

Breakfast boost for Willow Set Pre-school from Kellogg’s

WILLOW Set Pre-school received a £400 grant from cereal maker Kellogg’s after completing an innovative online breakfast club training programme, which was developed by Northumbria University. The online course completed by the pre-school, provides information on the benefits of breakfast clubs, …

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26th Jun 2015

New research: A qualitative model for breakfast behaviors

Working with Lynn Donkin and John Blackledge from Blackpool Council, Louise Harvey-Golding and Prof Greta Defeyter have published new research presenting a qualitative model for breakfast behaviors. The new paper has been published in Frontiers in Public Health, which is an …

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8th Jun 2015

New research on breakfast clubs!

Dr Pamela L Graham and Prof Greta Defeyter from Healthy Living have published a new research paper in collaboration with Prof Riccardo Russo from University of Essex on the advantages and disadvantages of breakfast clubs according to parents, children and …

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8th Jun 2015

Does breakfast fuel exam grades?

In a new article published in ‘The Conversation’ Pam Graham discusses the research evidence surrounding children’s breakfast habits and their school grades. Click here to read the article.

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10th Apr 2015

Newsround coverage for Healthy Living evaluation

Work led by Dr Melissa Fothergill has appeared on BBC’s Newsround.  Melissa is currently evaluating Newcastle United’s Match Fit Programme, which aims to help children adopt better health habits. Click here to see the Newsround clip. 

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1st Apr 2015

Fellowship Honour for Healthy Living’s Director

Professor Greta Defeyter has been awarded a Fellowship by the British Psychological Society for the impact of her research on school breakfast clubs and school-based physical activity interventions as well as her commitment to furthering the application of psychology in …

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31st Mar 2015

Fully funded PhD studentship

A fully funded PhD studentship examining the effects of child hunger across the school holidays on health, well-being and education is now open for applications. Please visit findaphd.com and search for HLS/DRFPYC7P/62012.    

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26th Feb 2015

New Research on Children’s Fitness

A new research paper by Dr Spencer Boyle has been published this month comparing the fitness of children in the North West and South West of England.  Differences between groups were identified for explosive strength, upper body strength and measured …

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10th Nov 2014

New Research in Press!

New research by Prof Karen McKenzie will soon be available in Research in Developmental Disabilities. The paper presents an evaluation of the Child and Adolescent Intellectual Disability Screening Questionnaire (CAIDS-Q) to estimate IQ in children with low intellectual ability. Watch …

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10th Nov 2014

Healthy Living team to evaluate Match Fit Programme!

Dr Melissa Fothergill and Professor Greta Defeyter have secured a contract for Healthy Living to consult on and evaluate Newcastle United Foundation’s Match Fit Programme.  The programme is delivered by The Foundation staff and involves promoting healthy behaviours in school …

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3rd Nov 2014

Coming Soon… Breakfast Clubs Research

A research paper on school breakfast clubs by Pam Graham will soon be published as part of a journal special issue on children and food.  The paper entitled ‘Breakfast and beyond: The dietary, social and practical impacts of a universal …

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29th Oct 2014

New Physical Activity Research

Dr Paul Davies from Healthy Living, in collaboration with his PhD student and colleagues from Australia and Greece, recently published a new paper on experiences of physical activity.  Dr Davis said: “In short, there are implications for happiness and motivation …

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28th Oct 2014

New Thinking on Holiday Feeding

On 22nd October 2014, Prof. Greta Defeyter and Pam Graham attended a meeting with various local and national organisations interested in holiday feeding schemes that have recently been implemented in local communities.  Greta presented information on a new evaluation framework, …

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28th Oct 2014

Sports Premium/Ofsted

The Government is providing funding to maintained primary schools and academies that is specifically aimed at improving the provision of physical education (PE) and sport.  Click here for more information.

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17th Oct 2014

Health and Wellbeing Presentations

On 12th September 2014 the British Psychological Society North East of England Branch Annual Conference took place at Northumbria University attracting over 120 delegates.  Presentations from the conference can now be accessed online: http://www.kc-jones.co.uk/northeast 

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29th Sep 2014

Health and Wellbeing in the 21st Century: Towards 2050

On 12th September 2014 the BPS North East of England Branch will welcome academic psychologists, practitioners, colleagues from allied health professions, and students to Northumbria University for the 7th NEEB Annual Conference, which focuses this year on Health and Wellbeing …

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12th Sep 2014

FAVHealth2014

Dr Trevor George is a member of the scientific committee for FAVHealth2014. See Healthy Living news for further information.

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18th Aug 2014

Congratulations Dr Sarah Stewart!

After successfully defending her PhD thesis entitled ‘How do children and adults make inferences about ownership’ Dr Sarah Stewart was joined by her principle supervisor, Professor Greta Defeyter, to celebrate her fantastic achievement at Thursday’s graduation ceremony, which took place …

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14th Jul 2014

Dr Trevor George joins scientific committee for FAVHealth2014

Dr Trevor George is currently on the scientific committee for the 6th International Symposium on Fruit and Vegetables for Human Health, which will take place in Brisbane, Australia during the week commencing 18th August 2014.  The four day symposium sets out …

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6th May 2014

Pam Graham presents research at international conference

On 22nd February 2014, Pam Graham presented the findings from the evaluation of Blackpool Council’s Free School Breakfast Scheme at the Food, Children and Youth: What’s Eating? conference, which took place at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon.  The …

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28th Apr 2014

Prof Greta Defeyter Presents at Kellogg’s Debate in Brussels

On 1st April 2014 Professor Greta Defeyter presented a talk on “Opportunities for partnerships between universities and industry” at a Kellogg’s European Roundtable Debate in Brussels, Belgium.  Discussions centred around the successes and challenges of partnership working and exploration of …

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9th Apr 2014

Kellogg’s debate: Brussels

On 1st April 2014, Professor Greta Defeyter will present a talk on “Opportunities for partnerships between universities and industry” at a Kellogg’s roundtable debate in Brussels, Belgium.

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1st Apr 2014

Food, Children and Youth: What’s Eating?

On 22nd February 2014, Pam Graham will give a talk at the Food, Children and Youth: What’s Eating? conference, which is taking place at the University of Lisbon, Portugal.  Conference abstracts, including the abstract from Pam’s talk, can be accessed here.  …

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22nd Feb 2014

Healthy Living welcomes a new PhD student!

Working under the supervision of Professor Greta Defeyter and in collaboration with Blackpool Council, Louise Harvey-Golding is undertaking research evaluating the impact of a universal free school breakfast initiative on social, cognitive and educational outcomes in primary school children.    …

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8th Jan 2014

New Football Research

Dr Melissa Anderson presents new football research at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference in Harrogate…http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/browse/ne/uninews/footballrefs  

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10th Apr 2013

New Research Assistant

We would like to welcome Miglena Campbell to our team. Miglena will be helping to manage the school breakfast club training programme and associated research projects.

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13th Mar 2013

The Royal Society

Dr Defeyter has been invited to talk at a Royal Society Theo Murphy International Scientific meeting in the Autumn of 2014.

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13th Mar 2013

Blackpool School Breakfast

Dr Greta Defeyter and Mrs Pamela Graham have recently been awarded a contract to evaluate a school breakfast scheme run by Blackpool Council. Dr Defeyter said, “We are delighted to be evaluating such an innovative scheme within the UK.”

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13th Mar 2013

Full of Beans

Our Full of Beans Exhibit is about to open at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne. Please look under our events page or go to Northumbria University’s homepage for further information: http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/browse/ne/uninews/fullofbeans

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15th Feb 2013

Full of Beans at Life Science Centre

Computer games, ‘fat’ suits, and entertaining quizzes will be used by Northumbria University academics to teach the public about healthy eating. Come and visit us at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne. Find out more details on Northumbria …

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15th Feb 2013

Full of Beans

Full of Beans

Members of Healthy Living love sharing their knowledge with everyone. A new exhibit, called “Full of Beans” will soon be in the Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne. Full of Beans is a fun and interactive exhibit for all and …

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31st Jan 2013

More academics join Healthy Living

We are pleased to announce that Dr Julie Young and Mrs. Carole Marshall (both registered nutritionists) from the Nutrition Department at Northumbria University have recently joined Healthy Living. Their area of expertise includes menu analysis and they specialise in working …

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31st Jan 2013

Breakfast Club Training

We are pleased to announce that are very first cohort of students have just completed their breakfast club training. Well done to all!  

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5th Dec 2012

Talk at Emmanuel College, Gateshead

Healthy Living recently partnered with Emmanuel College, Gateshead, to deliver a programme of event aimed at engaging and enthusing students in the wonders of being human. As part of this partnership Dr Fiona Caple gave two talks to students during Biology week.

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5th Dec 2012

BCCCD meeting in Budapest

2012 Budapest CEU Conference

On 12th January 2012, Greta has been asked to speak at the BCCCD meeting in Budapest, Hungary. As the only annual European conference focusing on cognitive development, the BCCCD welcomes submissions in all topics and areas related to cognitive development. Past conferences have …

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12th Jan 2012

Radisson Blu Béke Hotel Budapest

Guest speaker seminar series at the University of Essex

University of Essex

On the 29th November 2011, Great will be speaking at the University of Essex, in the Department of Psychology’s guest speaker seminar series. The 45 minute talk will cover an aspect of the research carried out by Healthy Living. Q&A will be given …

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29th Nov 2011

4pm

University of Essex