In a series of UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) funded studies, Professor Walsh’s team at Bangor University has demonstrated that illness, injury, and underperformance during military training are significantly influenced by deficits in the soldiers’ diet.
Field studies with the Army demonstrated the health and performance benefits of additional dietary energy and vitamin D intake. Consequently, the Army changed policy to implement nutritional practices to the force.
The changes included implementing an energy-rich training supplement with all soldiers that participate in the arduous Infantry Battle School Courses; and an oral vitamin D supplement given to all recruits that completed initial training, and all personnel in the COVID support force.
- Professor Neil Walsh
- Dr Sam Oliver
- Dr Matthew Fortes