Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancers and diabetes kill more than 36m people each year. An unhealthy diet is known to be a major risk factor in the cause of many of these diseases. Additionally diet and nutritional status can be linked to many other conditions such as osteoporosis, dental disease and dementia for example. St Mary’s has a long tradition of excellence in sport-related degrees and the Sport Science programme is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES). The degree also enjoys strong links with the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and UK Athletics, both with a presence on campus.