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Mr Shane Bilsborough
Master of Human Nutrition (2000)
Now: Director, Global Corporate Challenge
Shane Bilsborough, who completed a postgraduate research degree in nutrition at Deakin, is one of Australia’s most sought-after nutritionists. The author of three internationally bestselling books, Shane makes regular media and public speaking appearances for his expertise in diet, exercise and fitness and is the director of Global Corporate Challenge.
He says that when considering postgraduate study, he researched a range of institutions and courses.
‘Deakin was a clear standout – the quality of lecturers did it for me. I wanted to study nutrition because it has always interested me and, like most people, I had many questions but very few answers. Given that everyone is concerned about various aspects of nutrition, which includes fad dieting, fat metabolism and how these relate to heart disease and diabetes, I thought seeking a knowledge of this complex interaction was worthwhile.’
Shane’s research focused on fat metabolism during exercise.
‘Of course there were other topics, such as the nutritional management of heart disease and diabetes, but it’s all interlinked and when you get out into the real world you need to know all of it. I then found myself working with large multinational corporations and educating staff on how to prevent, reduce the risk of and manage chronic disease; maintain a healthy body weight; and increase levels of physical activity.’
In 2004, Shane and a friend started an event called the Global Corporate Challenge www.gettheworldmoving.com, which was aimed at getting Australian workers fitter and healthier. Starting out with 2 500 Australians, in 2010 nearly 100 000 people from 800 companies in 55 countries took part.
‘It is the largest corporate physical activity event in the world and we have five offices in North America in Toronto, New York, LA, Chicago and San Francisco, and one office that services Europe,’ he says.
Shane says his Deakin studies provided ‘cutting-edge’ teaching and learning in nutritional science and exercise physiology.
‘To be at the forefront of this area was exciting. I liked the fact that the lecturers were experts in their field … studying nutrition at Deakin is the highest level of nutritional study in the country. Deakin also gave me the confidence to “create my own waves”.’
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