23 October 2016: Food as Medicine – free online 3 week course

There are some excellent free online courses and I have come across one, starting today, on ‘Food as Medicine’ – run by Monash University. The course philosophy says:

“This course has been developed as a starting point for people interested in learning more about food, and how it may be used to support health. It is designed for members of the general public. We assume that you will have no prior knowledge about nutrition science and we have attempted to avoid using too many technical terms. If you already have a medical or nutrition background you may find that our content is not sufficiently detailed.”

It runs over the next 3 weeks and is worth checking out.


24 June 2015 – climate change, health and nutrition – what works? two new reports

Two new reports look at issues connected with climate change, health and nutrition, albeit from slightly different perspectives. The first, published by the Lancet/UCL Commission, examines climate change and the policy response to protect public health.  This concludes  that tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century. The second, Policies and actions to shift eating patterns: What works? published by the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) considers what works when it comes to shifting diets in more sustainable and healthy directions. This report finds ‘ strong potential compatibility between diets that have lower environmental impacts and those better for health, both at the national and at the global aggregate level.’

You can read the full report from the Lancet/UCL Commission here

You can read the FCRN report here and there is a lively, informative interview with Tara Garnett, one of the report’s authors on the Global Food Security blog here