Students find out if they are what they eat

Scientists of the future learnt about the benefits of 5 fruit and veg a day when they visited Salford Royal for a Science Society on Tour event.

The evening gave young people from Salford City College and local high schools a chance to find out more about nutrition and how it affects health and meet some of the experts based at Salford Royal. More than 80 students attended the event, which was organised in partnership with Salford Royal’s Research and Development department and Salford City College.

Among the speakers were Dr Sorrel Burden, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Dietetics at Salford Royal and The University of Manchester, who spoke about the links between nutrition and cancer. The students also heard about the increasing incidence of coeliac disease, the importance of vitamin D and C and modern advice on how sports people should eat during training and preparing for competition.

They took part in a range of interactive activities, such as finding out how much of their bodies are muscle or fat using a bioelectrical impedance monitor.

Research and Development Director Professor Bill Ollier said: “We really enjoyed welcoming these young people for our fifth Science Society evening. Over the past two and half years, more than 300 young people have attended these events, which have  provided a unique opportunity to meet  researchers and clinicians from the NHS, The University of Manchester and GlaxoSmithKline, many of  whom are involved in ground breaking research. We had lots of good feedback that they found it informative and interesting.”