I completed my undergraduate degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition and really enjoyed learning about the drivers of food choice and the ‘farm to fork’ concept, but it made me think about what happens next? This resulted in my interest in improving the health outcomes of communities which led to my completion of a Masters of Public Health. Since finishing my degree and working in public health research at Hunter New England Population Health, I’m interested in creating healthy food environments relevant to different communities, in particular those most vulnerable socioeconomically. Working as a Project Officer at Hunter New England Population Health has helped combine my interests in research and public health practice.
My ultimate goal is to empower the community to make healthy lifestyle choices. In particular, I would like to be able to create healthy environments in school canteens to support children and adolescents in making those healthy choices from a young age.
Jessica Wrigley is a Project Officer at Hunter New England Population Health, working primarily in nutrition based childhood obesity prevention programs, specifically around creating healthy canteens and supportive food environments with the Good for Kids team.
In 2013, Jessica completed a Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Newcastle. In 2015, she completed a Masters of Public Health at the University of Newcastle before working as a research assistant at Population Health in 2016 on nutrition and physical activity programs in the childcare and schools settings. Jessica became a Project Officer at Population Health in 2017 and has been creating supportive food environments in school canteens and in the adolescent population. Jessica has a profound interest in knowledge translation and implementation science and is passionate about working in collaboration with community members to support health promotion activities and programs.