Nutrition research within the NCSEM-EM covers a range of areas from ways to reduce fussy eating in young children and achieving a balanced healthy diet in children's lunchboxes to looking at which foods can help prevent dementia in adults.

Our research also looks at identifying, preventing and managing disordered eating in elite athletes.

Child Feeding Guide

Loughborough Univesity academics Dr Emma Haycraft and Dr Gemma Witcomb have developed the award-winning Child Feeding Guide for parents and healthcare professionals.

Online training courses and digital resources aim to enhance knowledge and understanding of child eating behaviour and parental or caregiver feeding practices to help with feeding children.

Find out more about the Child Feeding Guide.

Online training course for childcare professionals.

Online training course for healthcare professionals.

Disordered eating in athletes

Loughborough Univesity academic Dr Carolyn Plateau has developed an online CPD course providing information and guidance for sports professionals on the identification and management of eating problems among athletes.

The course includes resources and tips for coaches and other sports professionals to guide them through approaching, supporting and facilitating the recovery of athletes with potential eating problems.

Find out more about the course.

Download: Eating disorders and disordered eating in sport booklet

Cooking for cognition

Diet can contribute to the prevention of dementia and the improvement of memory and other cognitive functions.

The Dementia Research Group at Loughborough University has produced a recipe leaflet that takes you around the world looking at ingredients to prevent memory decline and dementia, as well as heart disease.

Download the Cooking for cognition leaflet.

Balanced healthy lunchbox

Loughborough University’s Dr Clare Holley, an expert in healthy eating behaviour in young children, has assembled the ingredients and amounts needed to give youngsters the correct amount of nutrition for their scholastic meals.

The perfect packed lunch includes a portion of all the main food groups – carbohydrates, dairy, fats and sugars, fruit and vegetables and protein. And the portion sizes can be judged by using the size of a child’s palm as one serving.

Find out more.

Download the packed lunch graphic.

Perceptions of eating breakfast on short duration exercise performance

A Loughborough University study has found that, for well-trained athletes, the perception of eating breakfast before high-intensity exercise may be more important than the nutrient content.

Find out more.

Healthy food swaps

Changing your eating habits and becoming more physically active will help you lose weight and reduce your health risks. Dietitians at Leicester's Hospitals suggest some healthy food swaps that can make a big difference to your health.

Cutting down on salt, sugar and fat is also important. The following amounts are recommended:

  • Salt – a teaspoonful or 6g a day
  • Fat – 30g for men, 20g for women
  • Sugar – seven sugar cubes or 30g a day

Download our pledge card template to help reduce your intake.

Vegetable Maths Masters

Loughborough University’s Dr Emma Haycraft, along with academics from Aston and De Montfort Universities, has helped develop a novel app for children that aims to get them eating more healthily and trying different vegetables.

According to the latest Health Survey for England data, fewer than one in six children aged between five and 15 years (16%), eat the recommended five or more portions of fruit and vegetables each day – a real issue given these types of food are associated with the prevention of chronic illnesses in later life.

The ‘Vegetable Maths Masters’ app is designed to expose children between three and seven-years-old to vegetables as they practise core maths skills developed in Key Stage 1.

Find out more.