Nutrition Fair aims to keep New Year resolutions going into February

Posted on 2nd February 2018

If you started the New Year with plans to make some lifestyle changes, but are struggling to stay motivated, then a nutrition fair being run by students from the University of Chester might be just what you need!

Sharing the healthy eating message
Sharing the healthy eating message

The Fair is hosted by final year Human Nutrition and Dietetic students, who are keen to encourage visitors to ‘forget the fads’ and explore different ways to stay healthy.

Taking place on Tuesday, February 6 from 11am until 1pm in the Small Hall on the University’s Parkgate Road Campus, experts will be on hand to offer healthy lifestyle advice, free food tasting, interactive games and prizes to help encourage people to think about ways they can lead a healthier life.

Students with the most creative and inspiring stall will also be presented with the Innovative Prize, which is sponsored by HealthBox Community Interest Company.

Stalls at the Nutrition Fair 2018 will include:

  • Health Start Healthy Heart

This stall aims to educate the general public on the national problem of cardiovascular disease mortality, offering methods of prevention, by changing breakfast choices to oat- based meals such as porridge, overnight oats and muesli.

  •  Tasty Dish, Try Fish 

The National Diet and Nutrition survey has shown that the UK population has consistently failed to achieve its weekly fish consumption recommendations. This stall therefore aims to encourage and inspire students to increase their fish consumption by increasing awareness of the nutritional benefits of affordable tasty fish dishes.

  • Cereal bars: The sugary truth

This is an interactive stall that aims to inform the public of any age about the amount of free sugar in popular cereal bars.

  • Smart Snacks for students

This stall aims to demonstrate to the general public the sugar content of traditional snacks bought from vending machines.

  • Mouth Matters 

Promoting good oral health, this stall will provide information on healthy, reduced sugar breakfast foods. Activities include matching the sugar content to the food product and how to interpret nutritional information labels.

  • Marvellous Munch for Lunch

This stall will incorporate healthy alternatives to unhealthy school lunch boxes. Games and activities relating to portion size, sugar, fat and salt will be delivered.

  • Nurture your second brain

‘Nurture your second brain’ will focus on increasing knowledge and awareness around the importance of maintaining a healthy gut.

  • The F word

Designed to help the public meet their recommended daily intake of fibre, this stall aims to educate and improve public knowledge on the amounts of fibre in different food sources, as well as on how to make simple food swaps.

  • The Caffeine Conundrum

The aim of this stall is to educate people on what a healthy consumption of caffeine is, while making them aware of non-caffeinated alternative products.

  • Food and Mood

The rise in prevalence of common mental health problems is an increasing public health concern. Yet the relationship between diet and mental wellbeing is not widely publicised. This stall aims to generate a greater understanding of how diet can enhance mental health and promote better food choices.

  • You can have your cake and eat it too

This is an interactive, educational stall regarding the free sugars and their contribution to health. Activities will be used to highlight dietary recommendations and misperceptions about free sugars.

Feedback from students attending previous events has included: "I think the nutrition fairs are great; there’s a lot of variety with lots of different things going on. Many of the stalls addressed really important key issues relating to today's society, illness and diseases. There were also opportunities to try free food samples, which is always good when you are a student!”

Ursula Kenny, Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition, said: “The nutrition fair provides students with a great opportunity to offer evidence-based advice to the general public on key aspects of public health nutrition, through lively, innovative and interactive health promoting stalls.”

The Nutrition Fair 2018 is welcome to all and attendance is free (no booking is required).

For more information about the Nutrition Fair 2018, please contact the Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition by e-mail: or telephone 01244 513090.