Thursday, 27 March 2014

52 weeks of public health research, part 12

Posted by Lynne Forrest and Jean Adams

From Lynne Forrest: Whilst buying a coffee for taking on the train, I noticed that Costa now list the calories in each cup. My flat white had 145 calories, which meant that two cups contain the calorie-equivalent of a Mars bar. This seemed shockingly high to me and I’m sure I can’t be the only person who had no idea of the large ‘hidden’ calorie count in drinks. Apparently most of the big coffee retailers use full-fat milk as standard. Perhaps we need a public health campaign (similar to those that aim to reduce hidden salt and sugar in food) to get them to switch to semi-skimmed as default.

From Lynne Forrest: As very much a fair-weather cyclist, now that the weather has improved I’ve started cycling in to work again. I’m trying to embrace the idea of active transport and cycling has the added advantage of being quicker than the bus. Most of my cycle is across Newcastle town moor, which isn’t the most scenic of routes but is traffic-free. Later in the year there are usually lots of cows blocking the path (which scare me!) but it’s currently blissfully cow-free.

From Jean Adams: I love a bit of retro-branding-as-art, but was particularly struck by this image in a hotel room I stayed in recently. How did a soft drink brand manage to become part of popular culture? When will we work out how to do that for apples?

From Jean Adams: Last week was my last visit to Ashridge for NIHR Leadership Training. Despite my initial reservations, I've really enjoyed the experience and hope I've learnt some useful things. I will particularly miss the splendid early 19th century country house setting. And the fabulous food.


Just to remind you:

Each Thursday of 2014 we’ll try and post around four pictures on the Fuse blog that capture our weeks in public health research, from the awe-inspiring to the everyday and mundane. Given that more of the latter than the former exists in my life, I foresee problems compiling 208 images worth posting on my own. So this is going to have to be a group project. Send me an image (or images) with a sentence or two describing what aspect of your week in public health research they sum up and I’ll post them as soon as I can. You don’t have to send four together – we can mix and match images from different people in the same week.

Normal rules apply: images you made yourself are best; if you use someone else’s image please check you’re allowed to first; if anyone’s identifiable in an image, make sure they’re happy for it to be posted; nothing rude; nothing that breaks research confidentiality etc.

Also, this doesn’t mean we wont also be posting words. You word-based posts are, as always, much appreciated.

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