Monthly Archives: March 2016

Student News Bulletin

This week, new research shows how much sugar is actually in the fruit juices exempt from the sugar tax; Stanford Medicine collaborates with 23andMe on their ‘MyHeart Counts’ app and Science News talks ‘Microbes & the Mind’…

Juice drinks may be exempt from the sugar tax but how much sugar do they really contain?
A new study published this week by Boulton et al. and co-authored by Action on Sugar investigates the sugar content of fruit juices, juice drinks and smoothies (FJJDS) marketed towards children. Its findings show that 117 of the 203 FJJDS surveyed would receive a Food Standards Agency ‘red’ colour-coded label for sugars per standardised 200 ml serving. 85 products contained at least 19g of sugars—a child’s entire maximum daily amount of sugars. This is particularly poignant given their exemption from the 2018 sugar tax.

23andMe teams up with Stanford Medicine
The personal genetics company 23andMe has teamed up with Stanford Medicine to create a new aspect to their ‘MyHeart Counts’ app. In addition to monitoring cardiovascular health, 23andMe customers will now be able to share their de-identified data with MyHeart Counts researchers through the app, which is available on i-phone. This will allow researchers to study interactions between cardiovascular health outcomes, activity levels, fitness and genetic variation, giving them better understanding of what keeps a healthy heart.

Who is more likely to develop anxiety and depression? The bacteria in our guts may help to decide.
An article appearing the April issue of Science News entitled ‘Microbes & the Mind’, asks the question ‘can we soothe our minds by cultivating our gut bacteria?’. The article goes on to discuss the findings of several recent studies, which have changed the behaviour of lab animals and small numbers of people by altering their gut bacteria .

New student blog from ION student, Eva Humphries
On the last Friday of every month we invite a BANT student member to guest blog for our Student Spotlight page. This month, Eva Humphries, from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, talks about the challenges of influencing attitudes towards healthy eating.

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Student News Bulletin

In this week’s news, hear how BANT has responded to the new sugar tax, compare the Government’s new Eat Well Guide with the BANT Wellbeing Guidelines and find out how the BANT AGM went this weekend…

What does the ‘sugar tax’ mean for the nation’s health?
Jamie Oliver was certainly smiling this week, as George Osbourne announced that he would seek to “put the next generation first” by introducing a tax on soft sugary drinks. The levy, which will start in 2018, will apply to all drinks containing more than 5ml of sugar per 100ml, with a higher rate for those over 8ml per 100ml. It was however confirmed, that fruit juice will not be included in the new scheme. Read this press release issued by BANT in response to the news.

Government release of the new ‘Eat Well Guide’.
Also this week, Public Health England launched its new Eat Well Guide, which has sparked much discussion on social media forums amongst nutritional therapists and students alike. In response, BANT has re-released the Wellbeing Guidelines and issued this press release. Join us in discussing this on our Student Linked In group.

Thank you for those of you who made it to this year’s AGM on Saturday. We were very proud to launch the new Student Area of the BANT website. There was particular emphasis this year on raising awareness of nutritional therapy amongst the general public, particularly through social media. There was also a call out for practitioners to use the title ‘Registered Nutritional Therapist’, to really differentiate our field. One to think about for students who are due to graduate later this year. #BANTAGM16

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BANT March News Goes Live

Welcome to March’s BANT News. This month, we share with you some exciting news about the long awaited BANT evidence database, information on BANT Local Network and Branch Meetings and focus
on vitamin D in muscular skeletal health. We look forward to seeing members at the AGM on Saturday 19th March. Access the BANT news here.

Student News Bulletin

Welcome to our first ever student news bulletin, written by the students for the students! This week we showcase our new student area, tell you about the launch of the ‘One You’ campaign by Public Health England and we talk values.

BANT student area goes live with new features
Today’s special news is the re-launch of the BANT online student area. Check out your new welcome page, which gathers lots of useful tools for students into one place. Also read the first student blog post, written by Tilly Paz from University of West London. Fancy following in Tilly’s footsteps and polishing up on your blogging skills? We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected].

Government launches ‘One You’ campaign
On the 7th March, Public Health England launched its new campaign designed to ‘help adults to avoid future diseases caused by modern day life’. Give their ‘How Are You’ quiz a go. Over half of 40-60 year olds said that the feedback given by the quiz was likely to change their behaviour for the positive.

Are we using the value correctly?
Also in this week’s news, the good old value. Love it or hate it, it is an integral part of evidence-based practice, the foundation on which nutritional therapy is built. But is it always being used correctly? The American Statistical Association (ASA) thinks not, and has released a statement to say so. They have taken the unusual step of publishing six principles to guide the use of the value. If you want to go back to basics on the value, Trisha Greenhalgh’s book ‘How to Read a Paper’ is a great place to start. nike air max ladies

Tilly Paz, University of West London (UWL)

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For many people, nutritional therapy is about nutrition. But for me, with a rich background in supporting victims of trauma and sexual assault, it was the therapy that caught my eye. Can therapy, when it comes to nutrition, be more than just treatment and refer to the holistic state of the client – body, behaviour, emotions and even spirit? I’ll let you know in four years when I finish my nutritional therapy studies at UWL…

I wrote my PhD and academic articles about creating change in individuals and institutions, and all the while I have been engaged with the implementation of theory in practice. My close friends call me Dr. Change, knowing how fascinated I am with the forces that create positive change and maintain it.

One might ask how I came to connect the world of sexual assault victims and that of nutritional therapy, of which I am now a part, as a practitioner and a student. The link lies in dealing supportively, creatively and holistically with things that are on our minds all the time. This might not be an immediate comparison for many, but like trauma, food and eating occupies us every day, throughout the day, and so they create the best platform for observing our patterns and fixations, behavioural and emotional, before our awareness can foster new ones.

Working with the tool box from my previous professional world within the field of nutrition has proven to be challenging but very satisfying. For my personal and professional development, the only missing link was the study of nutrition itself, because sometimes a pattern is not just the outcome of emotional or behavioural issues but simply a surplus or a deficiency of a mineral or a vitamin. I felt that after so many years it was time for me to gain access to the whole picture, hoping that nutritional therapy will allow me to help more people in even more creative ways.

Tilly Paz is a first year student on the BSc in Nutritional Therapy at the University of West London and a BANT student member.  If you would like to write a post for BANT, please email us at [email protected]

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