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15 May 2015

Child feeding experts to share research with health professionals

Loughborough University’s child feeding experts are hosting a workshop to share their research with health professionals next month.

The training workshop, on 22nd June at Loughborough University, will see the experts sharing their Special Tips and Tools for Child Feeding.

It is suitable for anyone who works with families and supports them with feeding children including health visitors, dieticians, nutritionists, and nurses. The workshop is designed to share practical knowledge gained by the team during their 10-plus years of child feeding research.

During the interactive half-day session, health professionals will be given practical tips for effectively managing common feeding problems to share with the families they work with. The team will also share new ways of encouraging healthy eating behaviours.

Dr Emma Haycraft who is leading the session, said: “It’s normal for children to be fussy when it comes to eating, but how this fussiness is managed at an early age can affect whether they grow out of it or whether this behaviour continues.

“Our research has shown that parents feel there isn’t enough help and credible support when they’re dealing with fussy eating behaviour. We want to change this and share our knowledge with health professionals so they can pass on what they’ve learnt and their skills to help families deal with fussy eating on a daily basis.”

The session will be led by Loughborough University academics Dr Emma Haycraft and Dr Gemma Witcomb, who are based within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS). 

This latest event follows the development of the Child Feeding Guide app and accompanying website www.childfeedingguide.co.uk which offers advice to parents and caregivers to promote healthy, happy mealtimes.

For more information about the workshop, and to register to attend, please visit: www.lboro.ac.uk/enterprise/child-feeding - registration closes at 5pm on Monday 15 June.

Notes for editors

Article reference number: 15/85

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

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