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Sticking Like Glue: Making lasting health, fitness and nutritional changes

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Gateway Lecture Theatre

Buckinghamshire New University

Queen Alexandra Road

High Wycombe

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This free seminar session will cover two distinct but closely related topics.

19:00 - Session 1 Sticking Like Glue: Making health and fitness changes that last – Jenni Pearce

With the start of Feb, we often see the end of New Year resolutions made in an attempt to make a lasting positive change to our health and fitness. Regular walks, runs, the new diet, ‘dry January’, a weekly line dancing class or daily trips to the gym -familiar examples of the kinds of promises we proudly commit to as the fireworks light up the Thames at the stroke of midnight on 1January. So what went wrong? Am I just not cut out for it? Do I not have the willpower? Am I not good enough? – all common questions we briefly ask ourselves as we start to formulate our excuses for not maintaining the very thing we committed to a month or so ago. Of course, we don’t just make these commitments at the start of the year, but it is a popular time to reassess, take stock and then take action. Unfortunately, after the initial novelty and enthusiasm, maintaining the behaviour becomes trickier. In this presentation, Sports & Exercise Psychology Consultant Jenni Pearce will identify the difference between starting and sustaining, provide some insights about how best to frame your goals and stay focused on them in the face of other distractions and overall help you to understand the processes of behaviour change on a personal level in order to make meaningful, sustainable and therefore ‘successful’ changes.

20:00 - Session 2. A balanced nutritional perspective on diet fads and trends – Anna Wojcik

Registered Clinical Nutritionist Anna Wojcik brings her experience of working with a wide variety of clients from NHS based clinical health interventions such as diabetes prevention and weight loss programmes to individuals simply looking to make a positive change to their health and fitness. With smartphones in our pockets we are mobile encyclopaedias with the answers to many questions only a Google search away. Diets, as ever, are popular search topics with 2017 seeing a 300% increase in searches for the Keto diet and 190% increase in searches for the Plant based diet. With our busy lives we are in too much of a rush to scrutinize the results our diet searches provide, and we certainly don’t have the time to look for the ‘evidence base’ upon which the diet is founded. Faced with a myriad of options therefore, we often take things at face value and, it seems, the simpler it is, the more likely we are to buy in to it (sometimes literally). The balanced diet message, based on sound clinical trials and years of evidence linking it to improved health outcomes is shouting loudly, but unfortunately it is often silenced by the wind of fad diets and magic nutritional manipulations drawing people in with their promises of ‘follow these simple rules and change your life forever’. Hold on a minute, isn’t that the same message you heard from that other diet last year? Paradoxically therefore, our limited time leaves us information rich and knowledge poor and we make poor choices, leaving you frustrated and making the diet industry billions. In one session Anna is not able to cover the pros and cons of all diets, but she will be able to highlight some of the potential dangers of following some fad diets and common themes to look out for in an attempt to forearm us against falling prey to the marketers. Anna will also give us some useful tips on incorporating long-term healthful nutritional practices into our diet and remind us that we must take responsibility for the food choices we make.

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Buckinghamshire New University

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