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Dr Zoi Toumpakari

Biography

Zoi has a BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics (Harokopio University, Athens, Greece) and an MSc in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health (University of Bristol, UK). Her PhD (University of Bristol, UK) explored the role of the environment and personal level-factors on adolescents’ non-core food consumption in the UK by using a mixed methods approach. Specifically, her PhD findings showed that in away-from-home locations and especially eateries, i.e. restaurants, cafes, etc, adolescents eat most non-core foods. The foods adolescents choose when eating out are affected by who they eat with, i.e. adolescents eat more healthily with family and unhealthily with friends. Therefore, to reduce adolescents’ non-core food consumption, we need to think about how to change the food environment by offering healthier foods or smaller portion sizes of non-core foods, and how interventions can utilise peer and family influences to shift adolescents’ food choices to healthier ones.

 

Previous appointments

During her PhD studies, Zoi worked as a research assistant on various projects in the University of Bristol, i.e. B-Proact1v (PI: Russ Jago), where she conducted a qualitative analysis of parents’ perceptions of their children’s physical activity and screen-viewing behaviours, the Predimed Validation study (Pi: Angeliki Papadaki), where she helped in the validation of a 14-item questionnaire assessing adherence to the Mediterranean diet.

Between 2017 and 2018, after finishing her PhD, Zoi worked as a Research Associate on MyHeart Beat project, where alongside Dr Laura Johnson (University of Bristol, UK) and Dr Hazreen Majid (University of Malaya, Malaysia), Zoi researched how dietary and physical activity patterns impact on adolescents' cardiometabolic health in a Malaysian cohort study. Zoi is also collaborating with the Bristol City council.

Zoi is a member of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) and the Health and Care Professions Council (Registered Dietitian).

 

Co-Investigator

Developing and implementing a national award scheme to improve physical and dietary provision after-school.ESRC Impact Acceleration Account 2018-2019 (Russ Jago, PI).

Twitter: @ztoumpakari

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