Safefood appoints new director of nutrition

Dr Aileen McGloin

Dr Aileen McGloin named new director of nutrition

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Safefood, the body responsible for promoting healthy eating, nutrition, and food safety on the island of Ireland, has appointed Dr. Aileen McGloin as its new director of nutrition.

Dr McGloin will lead the nutrition team at Safefood, working in areas ranging from policy development to research management, communication and behaviour change, and community programmes. Her role will focus on addressing key public health nutrition challenges such as obesity and food poverty.

Combining her background in food, health and behaviour change with experience in public relations, marketing, and digital communications, McGloin has worked in a variety of scientific and communication roles within Safefood for the past 13 years. Most recently she acted as marketing and communications director for Safefood for the last four years.

She holds a 1st Class honours degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Ulster and a PhD in obesity in children. She has 20 years of experience working in research, management and health communication roles across the food industry, public relations, academia, and public service.

“I am proud and delighted to be appointed to this role and am looking forward to addressing key public health issues that we face on the island,” Dr McGloin said.

“Food poverty has been exacerbated by our current levels of inflation and obesity levels have been negatively impacted by two years of the pandemic,” she added.

 

 

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