13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
When the human genome was launched in 2000, it introduced the possibility of personalised health care. This could be applied to nutrition, a key health determinant, to create a diet tailored specifically for an individual, according to their individual physical and genetic make-up.
Studies have shown that individuals respond differently to various nutrients. For example, omega-3, the 'healthy fats' that are believed to protect against cardiovascular disease, have been found to be more beneficial in individuals with a particular genetic make-up. The point is, we are all different, and so the way we respond to our diet is also different. How can we use our understanding of food and our genes to design a better, healthier and more individual diet? Do people really want to know what they should eat? Do people think that they should get their DNA sequenced or are they worried about what that will reveal?
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
Newcastle and the surrounding area has its fair share of problems with poor diets, high obesity and heart disease rates? This activity shows how Personalised Nutrition could help improve their health.