Graduate takes top nutrition award
The following is taken from the Nottingham Trent University web site...
Rose received a cheque and a certificate for the quality of her thesis, which was completed as part of her BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Product Development course, within the university’s School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences.
The thesis was called ‘the development of a novel strategy to increase the habitual non-starch polysaccharide intake of the UK population’. It explored the fact that many people in the UK do not eat enough dietary fibre and how this may put them at increased risk of developing diseases such as colon cancer.
Rose developed a novel strategy for increasing the fibre content of foods, using an edible, safe substance which is derived from fruit and vegetables during food production. This was incorporated into a set of new recipes and published in a handy recipe booklet along with a set of colourful and healthy juice drinks.
Rose’s programme leader, Dr Kirsty Hunter, initially entered her research project summary into the competition. She was then short-listed to the final five and was required to submit her whole thesis.
Rose is now working as an independent community nutrition consultant in the public health sector, and is dedicated to delivering support and advice about nutrition in an easily understood format. One of her current projects involves the development of a nutrition education programme that will be taught in schools.
“I was overjoyed to win first prize as there were lots of fantastic research projects. It was great news to hear that I had made the shortlist, but to go one step further and win was just a fantastic feeling. One of my main aims was to take something that was easy to implement at very little cost.”
Dr Hunter said:
“I am delighted that Rose has won this prestigious award. While at Nottingham Trent she showed incredible enthusiasm for the promotion of healthy eating and had a talent for devising new and interesting recipes to encourage good dietary habits.”
The Caroline Walker Trust is a charitable organisation dedicated to the promotion of public health though good food. Consisting of a group of interested parties such as nutrition scientists, doctors, and dieticians, it works with a variety of stakeholder interests such as the government and academia. It produces nutritional and practical guidelines, including those for school meals, under 5s and the elderly.