Miss Berit Follong

Miss Berit Follong

Research student

Career Summary

Biography

Berit Follong started her academic career at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Health (Wageningen University) with a minor in Sport, Exercise and Health (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) by the end of 2014. After this, she continued with a Master of Science in Nutrition and Health, focussing on Nutrition Physiology and Health Status. During this 2-year Master, she was given the opportunity to do an internship at the University of Newcastle in Australia. This internship opened her eyes to all the career prospects that she might have. To broaden her scope of view on Nutrition and Health, she commenced a Master in Health Sciences (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). It was during this 1-year period that she contacted her previous supervisors at the University of Newcastle to discuss her career as a PhD student. Berit is now at the start of her career as a researcher in the field of Nutrition and Mathematics education for primary school children. 

Keywords

  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition Education
  • Physiology
  • Portion size
  • Public Health

Languages

  • English (Fluent)
  • Dutch (Mother)
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Follong BM, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Miller A, Collins CE, Bucher T, 'Integrating nutrition into the mathematics curriculum in Australian primary schools: protocol for a randomised controlled trial', Nutrition Journal, 19 (2020) [C1]

Background: Nutrition education programs in schools have been effective in improving children¿s knowledge and behaviours related to food and nutrition. However, teachers find it c... [more]

Background: Nutrition education programs in schools have been effective in improving children¿s knowledge and behaviours related to food and nutrition. However, teachers find it challenging to implement such programs due to overcrowded curricula. Integrating nutrition with core subjects such as mathematics could potentially address time constraints and improve the learning of both. The primary aim of this randomized controlled trial (RCT) is to evaluate the impact of a cross-curricular nutrition and mathematics program on primary school students¿ portion size estimation skills. Secondary aims include impact on their nutrition knowledge, attitudes towards mathematics and evaluating the quality of the lessons. Methods: Twelve Year 3¿4 classes from Catholic schools in New South Wales, Australia will be randomised to intervention (n = 6) or control (n =¿6) groups. Teachers in the intervention group will receive a professional development workshop and resources to teach 4¿5 lessons on portion size and measurements across 1¿4 weeks. Outcome measures include portion size estimation skills, nutrition knowledge and attitudes towards mathematics, with data collected during three school visits (pre-intervention, immediately post-intervention, 4 weeks post-intervention). Additionally, teaching quality will be assessed in both intervention and control groups and process evaluation undertaken using teacher interviews and student focus groups. Discussion: This RCT uses an innovative approach to improve both nutrition and mathematics related learning outcomes among primary school children. It has the potential to impact teaching practices regarding integration of nutrition into curricula and enhance the implementation of nutrition education interventions. Trial registration: Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trials Register ACTRN12619001071112 31/07/2019.

DOI 10.1186/s12937-020-00640-x
Co-authors Clare Collins, Andrew Miller, Elena Prieto, Tamara Bucher
2020 Follong BM, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Miller A, Collins C, Bucher T, 'An Exploratory Survey on Teaching Practices Integrating Nutrition and Mathematics in Australian Primary Schools', International Journal of Research in Education and Science, 6 14-33 (2020) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Tamara Bucher, Elena Prieto, Andrew Miller, Clare Collins
2018 Watterson C, MacDonald-Wicks L, Collins C, Hutchesson M, Shrewsbury V, Vincze L, et al., 'Effectiveness of maternal dietary interventions for improving mother and infant health outcomes: An umbrella review protocol', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 16 1929-1938 (2018)

Review question/objective: The objective of this umbrella review is to determine the characteristics of dietary interventions delivered any time before, during or after pregnancy ... [more]

Review question/objective: The objective of this umbrella review is to determine the characteristics of dietary interventions delivered any time before, during or after pregnancy for women living in developed countries, identified in quantitative systematic reviews as effective for improving mother and infant health outcomes and feasible for translation into practice. Specifically, the review will address the following questions: i) For which mother and infant health outcomes are dietary interventions occurring before, during or after pregnancy most effective and what harms are associated with dietary interventions in this population? ii) For each mother and infant health outcome in this population, what is the overall certainty in the findings and strength of recommendations which may assist in applying the research findings into practice? iii) What are the characteristics of effective dietary intervention in this population that have led to improvements in outcomes and may be feasible for translation into practice? For the purpose of this overview, dietary interventions encompass the broad scope of dietary manipulations, including the direct provision of food and/or nutrients to participants, nutrition education, nutrition counseling, nutrition care teams, or any combination of these four intervention types. Both a narrative and quantitative summary on the effect of maternal dietary interventions on maternal and infant health outcomes as compared with usual care will be provided. The quantitative summary of the maternal and infant outcomes will be supported by an appraisal of the certainty of evidence of the effects and the strength of the recommendations using the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) framework.

DOI 10.11124/JBISRIR-2017-003653
Co-authors Melinda Hutchesson, Clare Collins, Lesley Wicks, Vanessa Shrewsbury

Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Follong B, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Miller A, Collins C, Bucher T, 'Integrating nutrition into the mathematics curriculum to improve primary school children's portion size estimation skills', Newcastle (2019)
Co-authors Elena Prieto, Andrew Miller, Tamara Bucher, Clare Collins
2019 Bucher T, Follong B, Burley M, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Miller A, Collins C, Smith S, 'Using novel technologies to integrate nutrition and mathematics education into primary schools', https://nsameeting.asn.au/nsa-2019-asm-abstracts/, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2019)
Co-authors Andrew Miller, Elena Prieto, Tamara Bucher, Shamus Smith, Clare Collins
2018 Follong B, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Miller A, Collins C, Bucher T, 'Teacher Survey: Teaching Measurement in Australian Primary Schools', Auckland (2018)
Co-authors Clare Collins, Tamara Bucher, Elena Prieto, Andrew Miller
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News

Maths, reading and better nutrition: all the reasons to cook with your kids

May 1, 2020

By teaching your children to cook, you could bundle up some learning while also getting dinner or lunch prepared. Teaching children to cook healthy food helps them gain knowledge and skills across a range of subjects simultaneously. The bonus is, you could get a healthy meal prepared as well.

Miss Berit Follong

Contact Details

Email berit.follong@uon.edu.au
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