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Food and Physical Activity Programmes

27th Sep 2017
Premiership Rugby (Something To Chew On and HITZ) Rece...Read More

Holiday Hunger

27th Sep 2017
The Healthy Living Lab was one of the first University ...Read More

School Breakfast Clubs

4th Aug 2017
The Healthy Living team have been involved in the evalu...Read More


The Healthy Living Lab’s research focuses on working with disadvantaged social groups and ‘hard-to-reach’ individuals and communities. There are three main strands to our research activities: School Breakfast Clubs; Holiday Hunger Programme Evaluation and Physical Activity Interventions.


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The Healthy Living team have been involved in the evaluation of school and community breakfast clubs for around twenty years.  Dr Jeanet Ingwersen completed a PhD which examined the foods that children consumed for breakfast and the effect on cognitive performance. Jeanet is now a Senior Lecturer at Teesside University. This study led to an interest in school breakfast clubs and in 2009, the Healthy Living Lab hosted the first School Breakfast Club Conference; funded by the ESRC.

School Breakfast Clubs

Since 2013, all primary school children in Blackpool have been entitled to a universal free school breakfast, under a Public Health initiative to improve the health and wellbeing of young people. The programme delivers in excess of 11,000 breakfasts a day to 33 schools, offering a choice of bread items, fruits, yoghurts and milk, with the aim of alleviating hunger and improving nutrition, and contributing to reduction of health and educational health inequities. As part of her PhD, Louise Harvey-Golding evaluated the impact of Blackpool’s school breakfast buy antabuse programme on social, behavioural and dietary health outcomes. Findings from Louise’s PhD have been published in Frontiers in Public Health in two articles entitled: ‘Universal free school breakfast: a qualitative model for breakfast behaviors’ and ‘Universal Free School Breakfast: A Qualitative Process Evaluation According to the Perspectives of Senior Stakeholders’

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Prof Greta Defeyter and Dr Pamela L. Graham were awarded the BPS North of England Branch Public Engagement Award in 2107 for their research in the areas of School Breakfast Clubs and Holiday Hunger.


Prof Defeyter was also awarded the Food Heroes Award from Sustain for her research and educational resources on school breakfast clubs and holiday hunger.