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Research study seeks taste of your nutrition knowledge

Sep 9 2014

A University of Newcastle research team is aiming to determine the influence a person’s understanding of nutrition has on their eating habits, health and lifestyle.

University of Newcastle Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition dietitian researcher Cathy Harbury is calling on adults to provide information about themselves, their diets and nutrition knowledge via an anonymous online survey.

“Many nutrition messages assume that people have a good understanding of the topic,” Ms Harbury said.

“We don’t know if that is indeed the case, or whether there are particular gaps in knowledge and the public’s grasp on nutrition; and, we’re unsure how that information varies with age, gender, weight and health status.”

Under the supervision of Professor Clare Collins and Professor Robin Callister, Ms Harbury hopes the survey results will help contribute to an area of nutritional research that has received limited attention.

Ms Harbury said the findings would be used to enhance the effectiveness of services delivered by dietitians.

“This will improve our understanding of nutrition knowledge in the community and assist not only dietitians, but also other health professionals in providing better nutrition services.”

The online survey is open to adults between the ages of 18 and 60 who have access to the internet.

*HMRI is a partnership between the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and the community.