London Met PhD student named Nutritionist of the Year by the Caroline Walker Trust

Greg Lessons has been named nutritionist of the year by the Caroline Walker Trust for his innovative lifestyle programme for London's firefighters.

Date: 13 November 2019

London Met PhD student Greg Lessons has been named Nutritionist of the Year award by the Caroline Walker Trust (CWT) for his work designing an innovative dietary and lifestyle intervention programme to improve the health of London's firefighters.

Greg began studying for a Human Nutrition (Public Health/Sports) MSc at London Met five years ago. His dissertation focussed on firefighter nutrition and how firefighters could improve their health by eating better on duty. After graduating with a distinction, Greg was appointed as a full-time nutritionist for London Fire Brigade and is now on a long term secondment. He is the first dedicated nutritionist employed by a fire and rescue service in the country.

Greg said: “To be awarded the title of ‘Nutritionist of the year 2019’ is fantastic and I’m thrilled beyond belief! I was judged against four eminent UK nutritionists and I’m so proud to be chosen.

“It was also an honour to represent the London Fire Brigade and London Met and to raise the profile of nutrition, health and wellness in the workplace. A huge thanks goes to everyone who has supported me along the way.”

Greg also runs cookery workshops at fire stations for groups of mess-managers, who are firefighters responsible for cooking and buying food for their team, allowing Greg to put his nutrition theory into practice.

Greg was presented with his award on 12 November 2019 at the Royal Society of Medicine’s Chandos House.

Greg Lessons standing in front of a fire engine.

The Caroline Walker Trust

The Caroline Walker Trust is dedicated to the improvement of public health through good food. Established in 1989 to continue the work of the distinguished nutritionist, writer and campaigner Caroline Walker, the Trust is a charity which undertakes specific projects, funded by grants and donations.