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Meaghan Christian


About Meaghan Christian

Meaghan's research interest is in dietary assessment and development of nutrition promoting interventions in families. Since 2006 she has been working on research to improve children’s diets with a focus on intervention research from large RCT’s conducted in the UK.

Her PhD titled “Can A School Gardening Intervention Improve Children’s Diets?” has involved managing two parallel randomised controlled trials (RCT) based in London devised to evaluate a school gardening intervention, to determine if it has an effect on children’s fruit and vegetable intake. The intervention was run by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Her trial work has provided Meaghan with vast experience in conducting statistical analysis, exploring not only the primary outcome, but also evaluation of the intervention and process evaluation. Process evaluations are used to improve the understanding of successful or unsuccessful health interventions; to identify the key components that make an intervention successful, for boys, girls or both; and to determine which environments/conditions lead to these particular components facilitating a successful outcome. She has also been involved in developing novel tools to assess intervention work in this age group. As part of her PhD, Meaghan modified the Child And Diet Evaluation Tool (CADET) diary, a 24-hour food questionnaire that measures dietary intake.

Research Interests

In October 2012, Meaghan started working at Leeds Beckett University as a Research Fellow on a feasibility trial evaluating a healthy eating and physical activity intervention - PhunkyFoods, and developed a Health Eating Knowledge Questionnaire and conducted a validation study. She understands the importance of having quality questionnaires to evaluate public health interventions and the skills necessary to analyse all aspects of children’s diets to identify significant links to improve diet quality in children and adolescence.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (24)

Chapters (1)

  • Hugh-Jones SA; Conner MT; Cade JE; Greenwood DC; Ransley JK; Kitchen MS; Evans CE (2014) The moderating effect of a school based intervention on children's fruit and vegetable intake: An application of the theory of planned behaviour. In: Hugh-Jones SA; Conner MT; Cade JE; Greenwood DC; Ransley JK; Kitchen MS; Evans CE Planned Behavior: Theory, Applications and Perspectives. : , pp. 95-104.

Conference contributions (1)

  • Zarnowiecki D; Christian M; Dollman J; Parletta N; Evans CEL; Cade J (2017) Comparison of school day eating behaviours of 8-11 years old children from Australia and the United Kingdom . : .
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnim.2017.04.115

Conference proceedings (peer reviewed) (7)

  • Christian M; Day R; Sahota P (2018) Parents understanding of vitamin D requirements, and the use of fortified foods. In: Nutrition Society Summer Conference Leeds University, UK 20180710. : Cambridge University Press (CUP), pp. .
    https://doi.org/10.1017/S0029665118001854
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  • Christian M (2013) Can a school gardening intervention improve children's fruit and vegetable intake? Process evaluations of two clustered randomised controlled trials.. In: Oral presentation. 20th European Congress on Obesity Liverpool, 2013 20130512. : , pp. .
  • Christian M (2012) Can a school gardening intervention improve children's fruit and vegetable intake?. In: International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting Ghent, Belgium, 2013. 20130522. : , pp. .
  • Christian M (2012) Are children eating their 5-A-DAY? A cross-sectional survey of children's dietary intake from London primary schools.. In: International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting Austin Texas . : , pp. .
  • Christian M (2012) *. Measuring Diet in Young Children: Use of The Cadet Dietary Questionnaire in Primary Schools in London.. In: International Conference of Diet and Activity Methods Rome . : , pp. .
  • Christian M (2012) The impact of the family meal on children's fruit and vegetable intake: a cross-sectional survey of children's dietary intake from London primary schools.. In: Nutrition Society Summer Meeting, Belfast Ireland, 2012 . : , pp. .
  • Christian M (2009) Process evaluation of a cluster randomised controlled trial of a school based fruit and vegetable intervention: Project Tomato. Invited Contribution.. In: 10th Nutrition and Health Conference London . : , pp. .

Reports (2)

  • Sahota P; Christian MS; Day RE; Cocks K; Taylor-Covill G (2015) Feasibility Study - The evaluation of the PhunkyFoods programme. . Leeds Beckett University: .
  • Christian M (2014) Does the Royal Horticultural Society Campaign for School Gardening increase intake of fruit and vegetables in children? Results from two randomised controlled trials. . NIHR Journals Library www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk: NIHR.
    https://doi.org/10.3310/phr02040
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