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Developing feasible ways of promoting children's healthy eating at holiday clubs

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  • Full or part time
    Dr C Holley
    Dr C Mason
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Food insecurity has become increasingly prevalent, resulting in many children living on a restricted diet with poor variety. The school holidays are a particularly high-risk time, when children can experience holiday hunger due to a lack of free-school meals and a greater demand on family resources.

In response to these complex issues, holiday clubs have emerged, some of which are funded by the Department for Education, whilst others are funded by charities. These clubs address food poverty issues for children living in areas of socio-economic disadvantage. These clubs are in a prime position to promote healthy eating among children who have otherwise limited experiences with food. However, our previous research suggests that programmes may not be maximising these opportunities.

This PhD aims to explore (1) what evidence-based methods of promoting healthy eating can be integrated into holiday clubs; (2) how is it most feasible to integrate new methods of promoting healthy eating into holiday clubs; and (3) how effective are these methods at promoting healthy eating among attending children?

This exciting programme of research provides an opportunity to work at the forefront of public health and to have real-world impact by improving health opportunities for children from disadvantaged communities.

To find out more about the project please contact the primary supervisor Dr Clare Holley

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Entry Requirements

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Psychology, Health Psychology, Public Health, Nutrition, and others.

Funding Notes

UK/EU Fee band: Research Band 1 Classroom Based (£4,327)
International Fee band: Research Band 1 Classroom Based (£16,900)

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