Heather Ohly

Heather Ohly

PhD

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The Asia-Pacific region is one of the worst affected by hunger and malnutrition and the situation worsened during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This crisis exposed existing weaknesses in global food systems, which threaten the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable in society – including the urban poor, who were disproportionately affected by the s...
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Agroecology is widely regarded and advocated as a participatory approach. This scoping review assessed the extent, range, and nature of available evidence on participatory research methods in agroecology studies conducted in South Asia. From 2069 records identified in two databases, we included a total of 27 studies, of which 20 were conducted in I...
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The Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings (GCC) aims to stop the export of unethical research practices from higher to lower income settings. Launched in 2018, the GCC was immediately adopted by European Commission funding streams for application in research that is situated in lower and lower-middle income countries. Other...
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This endline evaluation was intended to assess the progress, outputs, outcomes, and impacts of the MEALS4NCDs project in Ghana. It determines the extent to which the project has achieved its objectives, and thus provided the evidence and outputs needed to develop relevant and culturally acceptable food environment policies and interventions.
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Zinc-biofortified flour may be a cost-effective approach to improve zinc status of populations in low-resource settings. The success of biofortification programmes is subject to acceptability and uptake by consumers. This study explored community leaders’ and community members’ (n = 72) experiences and attitudes towards the flour provided during a...
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Vulnerable populations in urban areas globally have been among the worst hit by the global COVID-19 crisis. In South and South-East Asia, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased levels of vulnerability and food insecurity in cities through disruptions to food supply chains, increased food prices and loss of income. In 2021, the World Food Programme (WF...
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A new variety of zinc biofortified wheat (Zincol-2016) was released in Pakistan in 2016. The primary aim of this study was to examine the effects of consuming Zincol-2016 wheat flour on biochemical and functional markers of zinc status in a population with widespread zinc deficiency. An individually-randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled cros...
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Introduction: Micronutrient deficiencies, commonly referred to as ‘hidden hunger’, affect more than two billion people worldwide, with zinc and iron-deficiency frequently reported. The aim of this study is to examine the impact of consuming zinc biofortified flour (Zincol-2016) on biochemical and functional measures of status in adolescent girls an...
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Consuming a diverse diet is essential to ensure an adequate intake of micronutrients. The aim of this study was to assess the nutritional status and dietary diversity of women of reproductive age (WRA) living in a marginalized community in rural Pakistan. Forty-seven WRA (35 ± 7 years old) who were not pregnant or lactating at enrollment, were recr...
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Background: Biofortification of staple food crops may be a cost-effective and sustainable approach to reducing micronutrient deficiencies in resource-poor settings with low dietary diversity. However, its success depends on uptake by the local population. This paper presents formative research conducted in a remote, rural community in North West P...
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Zinc deficiency is a global public health problem, affecting ~17% of the world's population, with the greatest burden in low‐ and middle‐income countries. An increasing body of evidence suggests that biofortification may be a cost‐effective and sustainable approach to reducing zinc and other micronutrient deficiencies. Biofortification enhances the...
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Dietary characteristics of adult women participating in the BiZiFED trial (Biofortified Zinc Flour to Eliminate Zinc Deficiency), Pakistan - Volume 77 Issue OCE4 - M.J. Khan, U. Ullah, Usama, B. Shahzad, G. Khubana, R. Mehdi, H. Ohly, M.R. Broadley, M. Zaman, M.H. Zia, H. J. McArdle, S.D. Young, N.M. Lowe
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Objectives To improve maternal health and reduce child mortality through developing health service delivery in a poor and marginalised community in North West Pakistan. Methods This was a multifaceted intervention to extend and strengthen the range and quality of services provided at an existing health centre, in a rural community in Peshawar Dist...
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Introduction: Dietary zinc (Zn) deficiency is a global problem, particularly in low-income and middle-income countries where access to rich, animal-source foods of Zn is limited due to poverty. In Pakistan, Zn deficiency affects over 40% of the adult female population, resulting in suboptimal immune status and increased likelihood of complications...
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Objectives To explore how low-income pregnant women use Healthy Start food vouchers, the potential impacts of the programme, and which women might experience these impacts and why. Design A realist review. Eligibility criteria for selecting studies Primary or empirical studies (of any design) were included if they contributed relevant evidence or...
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Attention Restoration Theory (ART) suggests the ability to concentrate may be restored by exposure to natural environments. Although widely cited, it is unclear as to the quantity of empirical evidence that supports this. A systematic review regarding the impact of exposure to natural environments on attention was conducted. Seven electronic databa...
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Nutrients play a significant role in brain development throughout fetal and postnatal life. This book reviews the evidence from animal and human research, highlighting the influence of specific nutrients on brain function and cognitive development. With a unique, integrative approach to the nutritional, environmental, and genetic influences on brai...
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Background: School gardening programmes are increasingly popular, with suggested benefits including healthier eating and increased physical activity. Our objectives were to understand the health and well-being impacts of school gardens and the factors that help or hinder their success. Methods: We conducted a systematic review of quantitative an...
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Healthy Start is a UK government intervention to improve the health of low-income pregnant women and families. Eligibility criteria are based on household income and income-related benefits. All pregnant women under 18 are eligible. Women who have successfully completed the application process receive weekly food vouchers, which can be exchanged in...
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The diets of preschool children are a cause for concern, with low intakes of fruit and vegetables and high intakes of sugary foods and drinks. A poor diet in early life can have a substantial effect on a child's immediate and longer term health and contributes to broader health inequalities. The aim of this study was to develop, implement, and asse...
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Good nutrition in the early years of life is vitally important for a child's development, growth and health. Children's diets in the United Kingdom are known to be poor, particularly among socially disadvantaged groups, and there is a need for timely and appropriate interventions that support parents to improve the diets of young children. The Medi...
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In order to develop successful interventions to improve children's diets, the factors influencing food choice need to be understood. Parental food involvement - the level of importance of food in a person's life - may be one of many important factors. The aim of this study was to determine whether parental food involvement is associated with parent...
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Good nutrition in the early years of life is essential, yet the diets of many pre-school children in the UK are known to be poor. Understanding the decisions parents make when feeding young children is very important in determining what type and nature of interventional support may be developed to promote good nutrition. The aim of this study was t...
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Objective: The present study explored parents’ requirements for healthy eating support prior to the development of a tailored intervention. Design: A cross-sectional study of parents attending children’s centres. Setting: Children’s centres in Cornwall (rural south-west England) and Islington (urban London borough). Subjects: A total of 261...
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Parental food involvement predicts children's diet quality - Volume 71 Issue OCE2 - H. Ohly, J. Pealing, A. Hayter, R. Watt, G. Rees
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Food risks have a special standing in people’s risk appraisals (Knox 2000) due to the central role which food plays in family life. Concern about food risks has steadily increased in the last few decades (Payson 1994). A survey conducted by the international market research company Ipsos-Reid (Tucker et al. 2006) found that the majority of responde...
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Parents food choices and weight, but little is known about the social class distribution of parent self-reported child-feeding behaviours in two socio-economically contrasting areas. A cross-sectional survey using the Parental Feeding Style Questionnaire. Mean scores were calculated for five child-feeding behaviours: control over eating, emotional...
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Parents have some responsibility for children's dietary habits and they are often the focus of public health interventions designed to improve children's diets and thereby reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity. The current UK interventions promote awareness of healthy food choices, but offer little guidance for parents on child-feeding behavio...
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Mountain marathons are 2-d, self-supported adventure races, during which competitors must carry all nutritional requirements to sustain athletic effort. This requires a compromise between the energy required to perform and the weight penalty of carrying it. We have undertaken a nutritional survey of event competitors in the UK using a questionnaire...

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The aim of this research is to assess the level of resilience of urban food systems in the face of the COVID-19 crisis in eight selected cities in the Asia and Pacific region. The geographic focus is in poor urban and peri-urban areas where vulnerable populations live.
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