Lou Walker MSc
Lou has 16 years' experience as a management trainer and leadership development consultant. In 2015 a longstanding interest in how nutrition and physical activity affect health and performance prompted Lou to study for an MSc in Obesity & Weight Management at the University of Chester.
Her MSc research project was the first academic study into office cake culture. The results have implications for public health in general and workplace health in particular. Lou is continuing her research into the effects of snacking and cake culture on health in the workplace.
Lou speaks and runs workshops on all aspects of workplace health and wellbeing including sleep, stress and mental health, physical activity and nutrition. Her collaborative approach helps organisations develop healthier environments using the principles of lifestyle medicine: combining nutrition, exercise, stress management, sleep, social support and environmental exposures to boost health.
Her research was recognised in the Inspiring Wellbeing Awards 2018 and the Inspired Medics Lifestyle Medicine conference 2018, winning the poster competition. She presented the research at the Nutrition Society Winter Meeting 2018.
Lou has always had a keen interest in functional health. She is an Ambassador for the charity, the Public Health Collaboration, which is dedicated to informing and implementing healthy decisions for public health, working with health care professionals and the public. She is also an associate member of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine. In May 2019, she will complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Nutrition, at the University of Chester.
Lou has worked as an associate for consultancies on behavioural diagnostics and personal development for clients in a variety of sectors including finance, pharma, construction, food and drink, and aviation. Areas of particular experience include development and assessment centres, competency frameworks, coaching and management training. She is an accredited practitioner of the Harry Schroeder High Performance Behaviour framework and a MHFA England-qualified Mental Health First Aider.
Lou is a UKA athletics coach and sports massage therapist. She has completed three ironman triathlons, seven marathons and several non-wetsuit marathon swims.