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University students facing food insecurity due to pandemic

Forty percent of university students have reported they are worried that they will run out of food as they deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report. Professor Greta Defeyter led a collaborative project across Northumbria University, City; University London; Ulster and Oklahoma State Universities to investigate students level of food … Continue reading "University students facing food insecurity due to pandemic"
11th June 2020

Covid-19: Back to School, Rebuilding a Better Future for All Children

A few months ago, members of the Healthy Living Lab at Northumbria joined with academics from other universities to review existing academic evidence on the impact of school closures on pupils. I am delighted that the evidence we submitted to the Education Select Committee has now been published. The full report can be found here. … Continue reading "Covid-19: Back to School, Rebuilding a Better Future for All Children"
10th June 2020

Massive decrease in fruit and vegetable intake reported by children receiving free school meals following lockdown

Embargoed to 00:01, Monday 8 June 2020 In a study conducted by Northumbria University’s Healthy Living Lab around half of the children who received free school meal vouchers are reporting a significant drop in their intake of fruit and vegetables since schools closed in March. Just over half of pupils who would have received free … Continue reading "Massive decrease in fruit and vegetable intake reported by children receiving free school meals following lockdown"
8th June 2020

The Big Issue names Northumbria academic as one of the UK’s Top 100 Changemakers

Professor Greta Defeyter of Northumbria University, Newcastle, has been listed as one of The Big Issue’s Top 100 Changemakers for 2020 for her research work making a positive impact on society. The magazine’s annual list of changemakers recognises some of the “awe-inspiring” individuals and organisations doing what they can to make things better in Britain … Continue reading "The Big Issue names Northumbria academic as one of the UK’s Top 100 Changemakers"
14th January 2020

Where’s the funding gone? The mystery of the “missing” £88m allocated to provide free school meals to disadvantaged children

MILLIONS of pounds allocated by the government to feed some of the poorest children in the country is unaccounted for, according to a new report being published today (Thursday 27 June). Hungry for Change, a working paper on free school meals being published by anti-poverty charity Feeding Britain, estimates that in one year alone £88.3 … Continue reading "Where’s the funding gone? The mystery of the “missing” £88m allocated to provide free school meals to disadvantaged children"
27th June 2019

Holiday clubs provide far more benefits beyond just providing food, study reveals

The largest study of school holiday clubs in England has found that as well as helping to combat childhood hunger, holiday clubs provide a number of social and health benefits including providing children a safe place to play. The extensive findings of the study were released today (Wednesday 30 May) at a special event at … Continue reading "Holiday clubs provide far more benefits beyond just providing food, study reveals"
11th June 2018

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, Greta received the award in the Research/Education category in recognition of her work in researching, … Continue reading "DIRECTOR OF HEALTHY LIVING RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS FOOD AWARD"
4th August 2017

HEALTHY LIVING LAB TEAM PRESENT EVIDENCE TO HOLIDAY HUNGER PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY

Experts on children’s holiday hunger from the Healthy Living Research Lab at Northumbria University, Newcastle have been asked to present to a group of MPs who are leading an inquiry into the issue. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hunger is looking into the extent of hunger amongst children during the school holidays, as … Continue reading "HEALTHY LIVING LAB TEAM PRESENT EVIDENCE TO HOLIDAY HUNGER PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY"
4th August 2017