Profile: Clare Collins
Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics
Clare Collins is a Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics in the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Co-Director of the Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. She is a University of Newcastle Strategic Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health and Medicine and has published over 180 manuscripts. Her major research areas examine the impact of interventions to improve dietary intake and how this relates to changes in weight and health across all ages and stages of life.
Professor Collins is a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australian (DAA). She chaired the development of the Best Practice Dietetic Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity for Adults and lead the dietetic team at the University of Newcastle to review the evidence base informing these guidelines in 2011. She represents DAA on the international working party for the Practice Based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) in collaboration with Dietitians of Canada and the British Dietetic Association.
NoteStreams By Clare Collins
Want to drop a dress or pants size? Then losing five kilograms, or about 5% of your body weight will help that zipper start to close with ease. In case you need another reason, keeping a small amount of weight off in the long term can halve your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The challenge in shedding the excess kilos is how to minimize feelings of deprivation and suffering. One approach is to swap some of your usual food and drink choices to lower-kilojoule, but equally tasty, alternatives.
Every ten minutes in Australia someone has a heart attack. For 17% this will be fatal; the rest get a second chance. If you have had a close call, these five food tips will help get your health back on track.
Butter gets points for taste—margarine for being easy to spread. But the healthiest option is not strictly called butter or margarine – it’s a “spread”.
As soon as women announce, “I’m having a baby!” the congratulations are quickly followed by long lists of dos and don'ts about food. Try ginger for morning sickness. Avoid soft cheese because of listeria. Eat more meat to boost your iron. Eat this fish – but not that one, because of mercury. Discover some simple truths about what to eat and what to avoid when expecting.