Nutrition and Exercise
NURISH - Nutrition Understanding Research Innovation Society and Health - is an academic group in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences whose members are interested in the role of nutrition in health and illness. Nutrition links with other research strengths of our School in that nutrition is relevant to [positive aging], [cognition], [ethics] and [child health]. The group were involved in the economic cost of overweight and obesity study launched by SAFEFOOD in 2012.
NURISH are also interested in healthy weight maintenance and the factors influencing it. This work is a collaboration with UMass Boston, USA. The study was awarded first prize at the Royal College of Physician’s Winter Scientific meeting in 2013.
NURISH are also currently undertaking a comprehensive study of teenager’s diet and physical activity behaviours in the post-primary school setting. This study has a Danish arm in collaboration with the Steno Institute in Denmark and is part of the EU-funded DEDIPAC network.
National and international food policies are of interest to NURISH specifically folic acid fortification policy in Ireland. Various research projects are on-going and have produced several research papers.
The SOPHIE project is a study funded by the Iris O Brien foundation and is examining the health impact of Special Olympics programmes for people with intellectual disabilities. Health behaviours such as physical activity and diet are being analysed. The study was launched in 2013 as part of a collaboration between Special Olympics Ireland and DCU. A presentation on the SOPHIE study was also given to government ministers from north and south and sports personnel at the opening of the regional Special Olympics in Limerick.
For further information on current research, recent projects, and prospects for collaboration, please contact Dr Mary Rose Sweeney.