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Appetite for health rewarded

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Research shows that dusting, vacuuming and scrubbing the bath generate exertion and physical health benefits yet bring no mental health rewards.

Measuring Eating in Everyday Life Study (MEALS)

About the study

Our aim is to recruit young adults (aged 18 - 30 years) in 2014 into this exciting study which will provide new information in the area of meal patterns.

Meals and meal patterns appear to be important as they may influence overall health status and disease risk, however we know little about how people consume meals during the day or how foods are consumed together.

This project will use a Smartphone app to assess meal patterns and will help understand young adults meal patterns.

All participants will be compensated $25 upon completion of the study.


Participation in this project will involve:

  1. We will ask you to wear a SenseWear Armband for seven consecutive days. This monitor is small, lightweight, and is worn on the upper left arm using an adjustable strap. The Armband will provide an estimation of how many calories you have burned daily.
  2. Attendance at the research clinic in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University on two occasions.
    • On the first occasion, which will take approximately 1 hour, we will measure height, weight and waist circumference and you will receive instructions on how to use to use the Smartphone meals diary and on wearing the SenseWear Armband device. You will also be required to answer a couple of questions to determine if you have any allergies/sensitivities to materials used in the SenseWear Armband.
    • We will also ask you to complete a study questionnaire that will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The questionnaire asks things like "how often you help with food preparation and clean up", "which cooking techniques you are confident using", "which foods you are confident cooking", nutrition knowledge, as well as questions about your neighbourhood.
    • On the second visit, which will take approximately 15 minutes, we will ask you to return the SenseWear Arm band device.
  3. We will ask you to keep a diary of all the food and drinks you consume over four days using a Smartphone app that we will provide to you. You will also be asked to answer a series of questions for each eating/drinking occasion. We will ask you to keep the diary over four days, including one weekend day.

The Research team

This study is being conducted by a research team at the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Burwood. The study is being led by Dr Sarah Mc Naughton, Dr Nicky Ridgers and Prof Tony Worsley.

Ethical Guidelines

This project will be carried out according to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. This statement has been developed to protect the interests of people who agree to participate in human research studies. The ethics aspects of this research project have been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of Deakin University.

Funding for the MEALS study

This study is funded by an internal grant from Deakin University.

Contact Us

If you require further information, or would like to sign up, please contact the principal researcher Dr Sarah Mc Naughton or Jemma Merritt (Project Manager) on 03 9246 8283 or by email at

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3rd October 2014