Sustainable Healthy Eating Practices for Everyone (SHEPE)

Welcome to our research project studying adult nutrition across Suffolk.

Sustainable Healthy Eating Practices for Everyone, or SHEPE for short, is designed to assess factors that influence eating practices in Suffolk and encourage people in the county to explore eating practices together, to interpret sustainable, healthy, and achievable practices for everyone. SHEPE aims to provide the opportunity to learn from one another, and share a holistic view of actions when sourcing, preparing, and eating food.

We have now completed the first phase of the project, where adult residents in Suffolk completed a survey that assesses food security, perceived food environments, and general knowledge about nutrition. Every response counts and we are now taking the time to analyse the data.

Thank you to each person who joined the flock by completing our survey and to those who have helped to promote awareness of our project to date. Your support will help inform future projects or initiatives to support healthy eating in the region.

To demonstrate the reach of our survey, we have plotted a map with each location (village/town) of responses received.

A big thank you to Hodmedod and Paddy and Scott’s for their donation of vouchers. The two winners from our survey draw will be selected at random and contacted directly, to ensure they receive the vouchers.

Those who have registered their details will receive periodic updates from the project and be offered the choice to participate in our next phase which is anticipated to start in the autumn.

If you would like to get in touch to learn more about this project, or register your interest to participate in future phases, you can email lead researcher Emma Harvey Lawrence.


Meet the researcher

Emma is a Lecturer in Public Health within the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health. Having graduated from the University of Suffolk in 2019, with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Nutrition and Human Health, she has experience both in clinical nutrition and business development.

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Emma Harvey-Lawrence outside the University