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NTFS - Chapter 1 Background


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NTFS - Chapter 1 Background

  1. 1. Background This report describes the methods used and the main findings for the National Teens’ Food Survey. The survey investigated habitual food and drink consumption, health and lifestyle characteristics and assessed body weight status in 441 teenagers, aged 13-17 years, from the Republic of Ireland. The electronic database which has been compiled from the survey is one of the most comprehensive in Europe. It represents a valuable resource which will be used by agencies concerned with public health policy and planning and by the food industry. The survey was carried out by the Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance (IUNA – a formal alliance of the academic nutrition centres at University College Cork (UCC), University College Dublin (UCD)/Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the University of Ulster (UU) which is committed to joint initiatives in research and teaching). The survey was carried out by the following teams at UCD (TCD) and UCC, and consultation was also sought from researchers from the IUNA centre at UU. UCC: Professor Albert Flynn, Dr. Mairéad Kiely Dr. Evelyn Hannon, Project Co-ordinator Dr. Janette Walton Elaine Walsh Clare Deasy Sinéad Bannon Sabrina Doyle Eimear Hayes TCD/UCD: Professor Michael J. Gibney Dr. Sarah Burke Project Co-ordinator TCD/UCD Dr. Anne Nugent, Dr. Áine McConnon Jennifer O’Neill, Triona Joyce, Áine Hearty Elaine Boylan The IUNA would like to acknowledge funding for this research project from the Department of Agriculture and Food and The Food Safety Authority of Ireland.