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The inaugural Food and Nutrition study tour to the Netherlands was a huge success. The tour visited 26 sites in 2 weeks including public health nutrition (e.g. Ministry of Health), food industry (e.g. Unilever) and research institutions (e.g. Wageningen University). Students were given rare access to sites which are normally fenced off from students such as the ICU and kitchens in a major hospital, the Mars production line and the Ministry of Health. Partners greeted us with enthusiasm and offered the students interactive and engaging experiences. The site visits linked with each other to create common themes – the overall theme being ‘Past, present and future in nutrition, health and food innovation’. The students remained focused on the unit, asked intelligent questions, interacted enthusiastically with undergraduate and postgraduate students, and proudly represented Deakin University and the School. Needless to say, they found the experience invaluable. As a result of the tour, many have expressed interest in honours and PhD programs, international exchange programs and some have discovered new career-paths.
There were also clear benefits for the staff. We have developed further contacts with industry and research institutions and doors were opened for potential collaborations. We have also gathered unique content and potential links for our teaching.
Overall, it was an invaluable experience for all involved. We will provide a full de-brief of the tour and recommendations in the near future. Thanks to everyone involved and we look forward to the US in 2014!
The Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) had great success at the 2013 Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) Awards held on Tuesday 3 December. C-PAN were finalists in two of the nine award categories, and won one of the awards.
Professor Kylie Ball, Professor David Crawford and Dr Sarah McNaughton, in partnership with the National Heart Foundation and Coles Supermarkets, received the VicHealth award for Promoting Healthy Eating. The award was presented by the Minister for Health, the Hon David Davis.
In addition, Professor Tony Worsley was a member of a team led by RMIT that was a finalist for the VicHealth award for Preventing Harm from Alcohol.
Peter Quail Oration 2013 'Where next for prevention of chronic disease? Scaling up from community based obesity prevention in schools to whole populations'.
Dr Steven Allender, Professor of Population Health and Co-Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University presented the 2013 Peter Quail Oration: 'Where next for prevention of chronic disease? Scaling up from community based obesity prevention in schools to whole populations' on Tuesday 22 October at Deakin University’s Geelong Waterfront Campus. Steve has an ongoing program of research on the burden of disease and obesity prevention. Recent work has seen a particular interest in the emerging burden of chronic disease in developed and developing countries and the possibilities for using complex systems approaches for community-based intervention.
Steve presented a summary covering the first ten years of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention and the current program of research relating to the development of novel obesity prevention as well as scaling up from community-based obesity prevention in schools to whole populations.
The Peter Quail Oration was filmed for distribution as a Deakin Cloud link and was well attended and enthusiastically received by a large 80 plus audience.