News and Media

Highlights of some of the recent research news originating from the Healthy Living Lab, together with examples of some of our recent national media coverage.

The links below highlight some of the recent research news originating from the Healthy Living Lab, together with examples of some of our recent national media coverage.

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News Coverage


Ministers urged to change ‘food parcel first' policy by parents in England

The Guardian: One provider offers refunds for children’s lunches after widespread criticisms of meagre parcels


Fresh U-turn over free school meals as Labour criticises guidance on parcels

The Guardian: Ministers abandon ‘food parcel first’ policy as Labour slams official guidance on what packages should contain


HAF: the hit pilot scheme that could offer way out of school meals row

The Guardian: The holiday activity and food programme is well regarded and would cost £200m a year


BPS welcomes government’s winter package of support for families and children

British Psychological Society News: The British Psychological Society has welcomed the introduction of the government’s winter package of support for families and children.


Up to 200,000 children going hungry during lockdown

The Big Issue: Figures from Northumbria Uni's Healthy Living Lab added to mounting evidence that low-income families face serious challenges when schools are set to close this summer


Volunteers mobilise to ensure children get fed during school closures

The Guardian: Fears 1.3m children entitled to free school meals will go hungry during coronavirus crisis


Coronavirus: Children on free school meals eating ‘significantly’ less healthy food in lockdown, study finds Researchers say there is a ‘high probability’ that children from poorer socio-economic backgrounds will be disproportionately disadvantaged by September


One in four UK adults experiencing food insecurity during COVID-19 pandemic

News Medical: One in four adults in the UK are experiencing food insecurity, which is likely to have left them susceptible to hunger and potential malnutrition, during the COVID-19 pandemic. That is the main finding of a survey published today by Feeding Britain and Northumbria University's Healthy Living Lab.


‘Uphill struggle’: One in four adults struggling to afford food during coronavirus pandemic, study finds

The Independent: Research shows it is no longer only the poorest households struggling to pay bills and put food on table, as many more are hit by loss of earnings due to lockdown


Marcus Rashford fought holiday hunger and won. What now?

The Big Issue: The Manchester United star used his platform to ensure families on low incomes would be supported this summer. We spoke to the experts to find out what must be done to end holiday hunger for good


New Research To Investigate Poverty Within Armed Forces Community A new study will investigate the issues of financial hardship and food poverty within the Armed Forces community. SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, and researchers from Northumbria University will work closely on the project.






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