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Are you interested in nutrition and health? You might be aware of discussions: 

  • about health logos on packaged foods,
  • about local governments being pushed to refuse fast-food restaurants near schools,
  • about healthier school canteens,
  • about misleading food labelling, kids marketing, salt and sugar reduction in foods.

You might also be aware that 50% of the Dutch population is overweight, leading to chronic diseases such as diabetes and severe outcomes of COVID-19. And that there are big health differences between people, related to level of education and economic status.

Would you like to better understand the causes of current health problems and the role different stakeholders such as food industry, NGO’s, government and consumers play? Are you looking for ways to make your contribution to a healthier world together with students from other disciplines? Then the minor Make the Healthy Choice, the Easy Choice is something for you.

About the program

In 20 weeks we will offer you a program in which you will be challenged to develop, apply and/or evaluate a strategy that will contribute to a healthier eating environment.You can think of an analysis of what needs to be done by whom for prohibition of kids marketing or implementation of sugar tax; design a supermarket(web shop) strategy to help consumers to make healthier choices; implement or evaluate healthy school lunches in elementary schools or healthy choices in hospitals or other care institutes.

As part of this you will learn how to use high quality information on for example nutrition and health, the food environment, legislation, roles of stakeholders and apply this in your work. You will also gain insight in the different points of view on the topic nutrition & health from the different stakeholders (such as government, industry, NGO's) and develop your own critical viewpoint.

Duration will be 20 weeks of interdisciplinary project work (individually or in groups), lectures from guest speakers representing government, industry and NGO's who will share their expertise, their challenges and successes.

Application

Want to sign up for the Minor Make the Healthy Choice, the Easy Choice?

Here you find more information about the application procedure.