An assessment of issues pertinent to the future development of the composition of foods
This a joint project between the University of Surrey and Leatherhead Food Research. The project will review the Composition of Foods series with particular reference to the information required by stakeholders and the preferred and most appropriate format and content as well as mechanisms for distribution to ensure new data are disseminated in a more continuous and timely manner.
The proposed work will support the Food Standards Agency's responsibilities to consider how best to meet the needs of the stakeholders in future in relation to their requirement for authoritative, accurate and accessible information about the nutritional value of foods consumed in the UK.
Professor Monique Raats
Professor; Director of the Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre
I previously worked at the Institute of Food Research, Health Education Authority and University of Oxford. My expertise is in the area of public health and behavioural nutrition research, gained on a variety of projects. My research is wide ranging both in terms of topics covered (e.g. food choice, policy development, food safety) and methodologies used (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, stakeholder consultation). I have also been involved in the evaluation of health promotion programmes and developing tools for use in nutrition education.
Since my arrival in 2000, I have played an instrumental role in the success of the University of Surrey’s Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, securing over £5.4M of research funding, of which over £3.3M as PI. With a start-up investment of £250K in 2000, the centre has brought over £7.1M into the University.
To date I have published over 125 refereed papers, numerous non-refereed publications including 20 book chapters and have edited two booksand edited two books ("The Psychology of Food Choice" (2006) and "Food for the Ag(e)ing Population" (1st edition 2009; 2nd edition 2016).
I am one of the founding members, member of the Board of Directors (2001-2006) and was secretary (2004-2006) of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. The society was set up to combine interests in diet and physical activity; and to stimulate, promote and advocate innovative research and policy in the area. The society now plays an important role in fostering excellence in research in this field through its annual meetings and journal called the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.
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