Chil­dren sought for dairy study

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

ECU re­searchers are look­ing for child vol­un­teers for a study into the ef­fect of dairy foods on gut and heart health.

The Milky Way Study re­searchers have asked par­ents and car­ers of chil­dren aged four to six who reg­u­larly con­sume dairy foods to vol­un­teer, pro­vid­ing free health checks and a three-month sup­ply of dairy foods for those tak­ing part.

Lead re­searcher Therese O’Sul­li­van said the study had been de­signed to in­form the par­tic­i­pants as well as their par­ents as much as pos­si­ble.

“We have de­vel­oped a short video for chil­dren to watch be­fore­hand and a pic­ture book­let that ex­plains the process of the study,” she said.

“We also al­lo­cate a re­searcher specif­i­cally to fo­cus on the child dur­ing clinic vis­its to mon­i­tor how they are feel­ing and give sup­port and in­for­ma­tion.

“Chil­dren know what is com­ing up so there are no sur­prises and they are en­cour­aged to ask ques­tions.”

Email Analise or Kane at milky­way@ecu.edu.au or call 6304 3468.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme d458998

Re­searcher Dr Therese O'Sul­li­van with Xavier McIn­tyre (3) in the BOD POD, which is used to as­sess body com­po­si­tion.

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