Shauna Downs is a PhD candidate at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. Her PhD project examines trans fat policy in India using a food systems approach. Her main interest is in the relationship among the nutrition transition, chronic disease and the use of multisectoral policies to improve the quality of the food supply. Shauna completed her Master’s of Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Alberta. Her Master’s research examined the relationship among the food environment, dietary intake, physical activity and obesity in Aboriginal children in Northern Québec, Canada. Prior to beginning her PhD, Shauna worked at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) where she was a Research Coordinator in Community Nutrition. Her research focused on adolescent and child obesity prevention, primarily in schools.
The second article in our series commissioned by NCDFREE, this week, young change-maker Shauna Downs writes about reconnecting with food as an essential step in overcoming the local and global burden of NCDs. Shauna is a PhD candidate