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Dr Zoi Toumpakari

Dr Zoi Toumpakari

Dr Zoi Toumpakari
BSc, MSc (Bristol), PhD

Lecturer

Office Room 2G7, 12 Woodland Road
Social Science Complex,
8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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+44 (0) 117 33101417

Summary

Zoi Toumpakari is a Lecturer in Nutrition and Behaviour Change. Her research focuses on how features of the eating environment, like where and with whom people eat, influence their food intake and how these could be altered to improve the population's diet. In addition, her research explores the role of dietary and physical activity patterns in the prevention of cardiometabolic health.

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

Teaching

Zoi is a personal tutor on the MSc in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health and the BSc in Childhood Studies and teaches on the following units:

  • Child Nutrition, Activity and Health (BSc)
  • Social Research Methods (BSc)
  • Research Methods (MSc)
  • Determinants of Physical Activity and Eating Behaviour (MSc)

Keywords

  • noncore foods
  • peer influences
  • eating context
  • dietary patterns

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