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Scientific Programme Organisers: 

Professor Jayne Woodside, Queen’s University Belfast.


Dietary patterns rich in plant foods are associated with improved health and reduced non-communicable disease risk.  Fruit and vegetables (FV) are a cornerstone of healthy dietary recommendations.  FV include a diverse collection of plant foods that vary in their energy, nutrient, and dietary bioactive contents. FV have potential health-promoting effects beyond providing basic human nutrition needs in humans, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, yet current global intakes of FV are well below recommendations. Given the importance of FV for health, interventions that promote FV intake are warranted.

This online meeting, conducted over two half days, will present the latest research findings exploring plant-rich dietary patterns and health, including epidemiological analysis of plant-rich dietary patterns and health outcomes, the effects of dietary interventions which have increased FV intake on a range of health outcomes, how adherence to plant-rich dietary patterns is assessed, the use of biomarkers to assess FV intake and a consideration of how modifying behaviour towards increased FV intake could impact on environmental outcomes, and food systems.

Registration is now open.