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Promoting Healthy Eating Among Students

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Promoting Healthy Eating among students at Middlesex University Hendon Campus, London.


  • Reason for intervention.

This intervention is designed to promote healthy eating behaviours among university students for only one day at the Hendon Campus of Middlesex University, London. The reason for this proposed intervention is that university students are vulnerable in their eating habits for various reasons such as stress, food price or deficit in their knowledge of healthy food selections (Ansari et al., 2015). As a result, students are more likely to undergo for foods and drinks with high sugar and salt contents, which contribute significantly to obesity and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases (Deliens et al., 2014). In addition, obesogenic environment can be considered as a contributing factor to promote unhealthy eating, which lead to obesity among university students (Daliens et al., 2014).

Therefore, it is very important for the environmental health team to intervene in this case because environmental health officers (EHOs) are committed to improve public’s health by improving food safety, environment, quality and nutritious value of the food (CIEH, 2016). Working and representing the local authorities, this can benefit to enforce laws or policies by highlighting issues related to the student’s health. For example, enforcing laws under food legislation to encourage food businesses to include a variety of healthy food options at an affordable for the students. The EHOs also hold the power to eliminate any conditions, surroundings or opportunities of life, which have on promoting obesity. This is because local authorities have a range of legislative and policies that can help to promote healthy eating (PHE, 2014). For example, quantity of vending machines and its location in the university sitting area.

  • Premises and population group targeted.
  • Working with others.

In this intervention plan, other members from different departments such as Public Health, Health promotion, MDX Student’s Union, counsellor, psychologist, nutritionist and the Food & beverage managers, were all contributed to share their knowledge, expertise and support. This helped to collect ideas and recommendation in order to facilitate the development of effective and tailored intervention programme aiming to reduce levels of obesity via healthy eating behaviours among university students. The university technicians were also used in this intervention to set adverts on the screen around the campus.

Legislation and Guidance

‘Eatwell Guide’ is a relevant model and guidance to use in this intervention because  for healthy eating

Preparation and Research

  • Aims and Objectives

To develop, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of a multicomponent university-based intervention that focused on promoting healthy eating at the Hendon Campus of Middlesex University, London in order to reduce the levels of obesity among students.



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