Date of release: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

nutritionA passion for teaching healthy eating habits has earned a University of Greenwich student a prestigious award.

Fay Williams, a final year BSc Human Nutrition student from Lewisham, has been recognised by Lewisham Public Health as 'Community Cookery Champion' for her work in helping people make the right nutritional choices.

Fay says: "I’ve really enjoyed studying at Greenwich and working in the community allows me to take the theory into practice. There is so much confusion about food issues but, as a nutritionist, I’m in a great position to help people."

During the last three years of a 25-year City career, Fay ran her own Caribbean takeaway in Herne Hill. This was where the nutrition bug bit. After being made redundant, she did an access course, then a foundation course before coming to Greenwich to do her degree.

Fay also began volunteering with Downham Nutrition Partnership, a charity which specialises in nutrition and aims to improve the health and lifestyle of people in the community. They work in partnership with other local organisations who have the same ethos of influencing health in the community. Fay first worked on MEND, a programme which works with overweight children and their parents on areas such as exercise and diet. She still volunteers there.

"I realised how little some people knew about food," says Fay. One of the parents didn’t know what a carrot looked like. I couldn’t believe it. In particular, I’m really interested in raising awareness and teaching families how to provide cheap, nutritional meals for their babies."

"I have recently been made a director of Delicious most Nutritious, a social enterprise which works in the community running cookery sessions and provide catered lunches for local organisations. We teach people about weaning their children on to solid foods and how to cook on a budget – healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive."

Dr Nazanin Zand, Senior Lecturer in Food Science and Nutrition at university adds: "A mum of two and a mature student, Fay has a real passion for educating young parents on how to prepare food and feed their young children. Her work makes me so proud – she is a great ambassador for what we do at Greenwich."

The Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, presented Fay with two Open College Network certificates at a ceremony in the council’s Civic Suite. She successfully completed an OCN Healthy Eating and How to Run a Cookery Club course run by Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency, sponsored by Public Health Lewisham.

For more on studying nutrition in the Faculty of Engineering & Science at the University of Greenwich: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/ug/nut

Story by Public Relations

Picture: Fay Williams (left) with Dr Nazanin Zand.