Research coordinated by Professor Wendy Wills, director of the Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care, is developing a greater understanding of the challenges facing the UK food system and how these challenges influence the food choices - and consequently the health - of potentially vulnerable groups, including young and older people.
The aim of this programme of research is to recommend interventions in the food system that enhance quality of life, deliver better health outcomes and reduce the social and economic burden of diet-related disease.
University of Hertfordshire research, funded by the Food Standards Agency and the Economic and Social Research Council, has demonstrated how older people are likely to have a wide range of factors working against them when sourcing and purchasing food.
Through the Food Provision in Later Life study, researchers have identified practical and realistic measures that supermarkets could take to improve the food shopping experience for older people.
Read the research briefing: Improving food shopping for older people (PDF - 0.38 Mb)
Researchers at University of Hertfordshire are exploring the factors that drive schoolchildren to purchase less healthy food and drink in neighbourhoods around schools during school hours – and what policy makers can do to address this trend.
Read the policy briefing: Healthy eating, healthy learning (PDF - 1.07 Mb). A follow-on study involving schools in London and Hertfordshire is under way.
Contact Professor Wendy Wills at email@example.com if you would like to find out more or to discuss further.
A cross-party group of MPs and Peers has called on the Government to pursue a series of innovative schemes aimed at tackling the problem of hunger and malnutrition in the elderly.
University of Hertfordshire researchers gave oral evidence to a cross-party parliamentary inquiry in Westminster into the extent and causes of hunger among older people in Britain.
New University of Hertfordshire research among over 500 teenagers aged 13-15, living in Scotland, has found that four in ten (41%) consume sugar-filled drinks – including regular fizzy drinks and energy drinks – during the school lunch break, despite these being banned within the school gates.
Findings from the University of Hertfordshire’s Food Provision in Later Life study have inspired a debate in the national media on how supermarkets can better meet the needs of older people.
The Government, local authorities, the voluntary sector and the food industry should do more to ensure older people have access to a healthy, affordable and safe diet, research has found.