PhD student profile, Lara Naim Chehade

PhD Student: Lara Naim Chehade (ORCID n. 0009-0008-1328-8986)

Supervisor: Prof. Martini Daniela – DeFENS

Co-tutor: Prof. Patrizia Riso

Dean: Prof. Diego Mora

Research area: Food Science and Nutrition

Research topic: Promotion of healthy and sustainable diets

Project Synopsis

The project aims to explore and evaluate the nutritional quality and environmental impact of menus within catering systems (e.g., schools, nursing homes) to identify gaps and provide possible solutions. Additionally, the project seeks to optimize these menus to make them healthier and more sustainable, taking into consideration socio-cultural aspects and national consumption patterns. Further along, intervention studies will be developed to assess, among others, acceptability, adoption, and actual food intake. Education strategies will also be defined to promote the adoption of sustainable and healthy dietary patterns in different target groups.

Project keywords

Nutrition, Environmental Impact, Catering system, Menus.


Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences DeFENS -Dipartimento di scienze per gli Alimenti, la Nutrizione e l’Ambiente

Division of Human Nutrition – Sezione di Nutrizione Umana – Via Celoria 2, 20133 Milano


Fellowship sponsor: Università degli Studi di Milano

Project sponsor: The National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP, Call No. 341 of 15/03/2022), title: “Research and innovation network on food and nutrition Sustainability, Safety and Security” (ON Foods)





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