The proportion of adults living in the UK categorised as obese continues to rise. Current data from The Health Survey for England 2013 suggests that a quarter of adults are obese, predisposing them to greater risk of diabetes, cancer and coronary heart disease.
In an attempt to reduce levels of obesity and other diet related health problems numerous government initiatives have been launched such as Healthy Lives, Healthy People (2010); the National Child Measurement Programme; the Public Health Responsibility Deal and the Change4Life campaign, with the aim of preventing people from becoming overweight by encouraging them to eat healthily and move more.
Increased awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and the association between diet and health at all stages of life has led to a growth of public interest in the subject of nutrition.
Why St Mary's?
The course has been designed to enable students to continue working along side their studies. They will only attend St Mary’s University for one day a week (plus two intensive weeks).
The programme is mapped against the Competency Requirements for Course Accreditation outlined by The Association for Nutrition (AfN). This accreditation allows successful MSc students direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register for Nutritionists (UKVRN).
Having worked as a product developer and innovation manager for 12 years, I wanted to channel and utilise that knowledge to benefit others through nutrition. I really enjoyed my first degree in Biology and was also really keen to expand my scientific background, with a view to taking it on into public health or back into the food industry.
I have developed as a scientist with a greater understanding of critical appraisal and research methods. I feel confident in my knowledge and understanding of nutrition and how I can utilise it in my future career.
The research project provided a chance for me to further develop many other skills and to enjoy the immense satisfaction of seeing my own ideas put into practice. My supervisor for my research project has been very motivating and fantastically supportive. All the tutors were readily available for advice and constructive feedback.
The combination of sports science and nutrition at St Mary's works really well. That - coupled with diverse and inspiring lecturers, good facilities and a lovely campus - makes St Mary's a great place to study.
There are two routes available for students following the MSc/PG Diploma route. Students without an undergraduate degree in nutrition accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) will follow the AfN accredited route. Students with an undergraduate degree that already enables them entry onto the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) will follow the non-accredited route.
Recipient: St Mary’s University, Twickenham
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