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Food & Nutrition
Health, Medicine & Wellbeing
Mind & Body
Sue Baic is an experienced public speaker with a true passion for her subject area of nutrition and health. She is noted for her lively, interactive, accessible and entertaining lecture style which often brings the outside world of local food and nutrition on board.

Sue is a registered nutritionist and dietician based in the UK. She is passionate and knowledgeable about her subject and has over 25 years’ experience in researching and public speaking on the links between nutrition, health and well-being. Sue has worked in the health service, private clinics and at the University of Bristol as a Senior Lecturer. She is a co-author of three popular nutrition books including Nutrition for Dummies.

Sue also writes for scientific publications, national newspapers and popular magazines and regularly appears on British television and radio talking about her subject

In January 2017 Sue started work as a guest speaker on board cruise ships has given 50 talks over 12 cruises to date.

Sue can contribute to an enrichment programme which may enhance the experience of passengers. Nutrition is a fascinating and enjoyable topic with broad appeal which fits with large numbers of passengers interested in health, wellness and positive ageing.

Sue has a wealth of experience about dietary patterns around the world and the links with health. She is happy to create a customised lecture series tailored for specific itineraries and audiences.
Sue works as freelance nutrition consultant in the UK and so is flexible and available for lecture appointments including some at short notice.

What others on board have said:
“Sue's presentations are professional and delivered in a light hearted yet informative way. Passengers really enjoyed her talks and she spent a lot of extra time engaged with them in their questions. There is so much interest in her information. Sue would be suitable for all ships in the fleet and I would like to see her on board again”. Entertainment Manager/ Cruise Director

“Your talks were really informative and it was interesting to hear that you don't need to spend loads of money on so-called superfoods, but can get the same benefit elsewhere”. S.R.

“I enjoyed your on board talks and hopefully can incorporate all the good advice in our daily diet! The whole area is so difficult to manage and I am grateful for the web sites info you suggested”. M.M.

“I enjoyed your talks very much and you deliver them with so much enthusiasm. I hope your talks go some way to help people make those lifestyle choices. Thank you so much. It was lovely to meet you”. E.C.

“I found all your talks interesting and informative and they appealed to my personal way of life”. P. L.

“Your lectures were most inspiring, so much so that we are planning to incorporate your advice into our regular diet with the goal of prolonging our active life into old age!” G.C.

"My friend and I really enjoyed your lectures. I was particularly interested in food/mood and your fact sheets are very helpful and informative" K.A.

“I really enjoyed your lectures - very helpful and informative without being "preachy". I learned some interesting information from you. Hope to meet you on a future cruise” K.J.

“We both really enjoyed your talks. They were very interesting and gave us food for thought (in more ways than one)!” A.W.

“We found your talks fascinating and picked up a lot of good advice” C.M.

“I have spent many years cruising and come across lots of different speakers and I felt your talks were interesting, enjoyable and easy to follow. Thank you, happy cruising”. P.G.

“I appreciate you taking the time to send me the links to the fact sheets. It was a pleasure to meet you on the cruise and attend your lectures, which I found really interesting and very informative. You clarified many aspects of nutrition and diet which I was quite confused about” C.F.

“You are an excellent speaker, and those guests who attend really enjoy your talks and find them fun and informative. Your scores with us are excellent” Entertainment Booking Executive

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It’s becoming clear that there is much we can do to stay healthy, especially as we get older. However dietary information in the media can be confusing –one week a food is good for us, the next it’s bad. How do we know what to believe? This entertaining and informative series of talks helps sort the scientific fact from fiction, navigate the tricky world of nutrition science and translate recent research into positive practical knowledge and dietary strategies to take home. Wherever relevant the talks are flexibly tailored to cruise itinerary using local foods and dietary patterns to bring the outside world of shore excursions alive on-board.
All talks are 45- 50 minutes followed by Q & A. They are fun, interactive and visually illustrated using PowerPoint.

1. Mood Food - give me chocolate and wine and I'll be fine!
We all have good & bad days, especially during in the shorter,darker days when it’s autumn and winter at home, but is there anything we can do to influence this? Recent studies have shown that what we eat and drink can influence mood, energy levels, concentration, even how we deal with stress. This enjoyable session explores the latest scientific research and highlights some smart mood boosting steps we can all take.

2. Avoiding weight gain at home (and on-board!): little things can make a big difference.
We are bombarded with complicated and sometimes bizarre diets and rules promising a quick fix for weight but what’s the truth behind this information? Should we eat low carb or low fat? What about fasting or meal replacements? This session uses the latest research to explore the truth behind the headlines. It includes many positive strategies to avoid weight gain including some to put into practice at home and some to use on board!
Please note: This talk was developed as a response to passenger feedback saying there is confusion about the topic and a desire to avoid weight gain on board. It uses research studies alongside top tips from passengers themselves. It can be customised to location and season e.g. maintaining a healthy weight without foregoing the festive season e.g. during a Christmas/ Thanksgiving cruise.

3. Nutrition for positive ageing : can we eat ourselves younger?
Research shows it’s never too late to future proof your health. It appears genes only account for a small part of our lifespan and what we eat and drink can make a big difference to quality of life and health - helping us to age well. A healthy diet benefits areas from our brains to our bones to our eyes. This session takes a look at the reality behind diet for positive ageing and helps translate the science into realistic practical tips.
Please note: This talk will be tailored to cruise location to bring the outside world alive on-board covering destinations where people live long and healthy lives including Central America,the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Scandinavia or Asia showing how to take the best from local dietary patterns.

4. Superfoods for health : do they really exist?
In this practical session we look at the latest research on how certain foods can help promote good health and highlight some smart choices we can all make bringing the outside world alive on-board.
Please note: This talk will be tailored to cruise location showing how to take the best from local dietary patterns.

5. Thinking of eating less meat?
The idea of a more plant based diet has hit the headlines recently as a win- win approach for health, the environment, animal welfare and cost savings. If you or your family and friends are thinking about shifting towards a more flexitarian (occasional meat & fish), vegetarian or even vegan way of eating this session can help you do so effectively, safely and enjoyably without missing out on key nutrients.
Please note: This talk will be tailored to cruise location showing how to take the best from local dietary plant based patterns

6. Eating for an active lifestyle?
Activity of all types can help boost both our physical and our mental health. This fun, informative and practical session explores recent research on how food and drink can enhance our enjoyment, performance & recovery from sport, exercise and physical activity- whatever we choose to do.

7. Are you getting your five a day?
The message to aim for 5 a day fruit and vegetables is well known but what does it really mean and why does it matter? Which types count towards this goal and what's a portion? Is 5 really enough or should it be more? This fun session looks at the scientific background behind this message and helps translate it into practical, affordable and palatable tips.
Please note: This talk will be tailored to cruise location showing how to take the best from local dietary patterns

8. Mindful eating : the how , what , when and why?
Mindful eating encourages us to pay attention to the physical and emotional experiences of our diet. Many of the multiple daily decisions we make about our food are unconscious and often result in overeating or other unhealthy eating patterns. In this session positive strategies for mindful eating are investigated and some dietary benefits for both weight and health are explored

9. The Nordic Diet – bringing the outside world of food alive on board
Recent studies have suggested the Nordic diet has impressive health benefits helping protect against heart disease, stroke, diabetes as well as some cancers and promoting positive ageing. But what’s the reality behind this research and how can the diet inspire us with ideas we can use no matter where we live?
Please note: This talk will be tailored to cruise location when visiting Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark or Iceland showing how to take the best from local dietary patterns.

10. Myths and misunderstandings in nutrition - does healthy eating really need to be so boring?
Dietary information can be confusing – one minute you’re told to have blueberries and the next it’s green tea! How do we get at the truth? If there’s something you’ve always wanted to know about diet - now’s your chance. This session helps guide you through this minefield as it answers your questions and clears up some of the common areas of misunderstanding highlighting positive enjoyable food choices we can all make.

11. Eating for a healthy heart: how can diet make a difference?
Research shows that the risks of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes can all be reduced by a heart healthy diet.This session takes a wide ranging review of the latest scientific evidence for dietary factors which can help and translates this into useful positive and practical tips to take home.
Please note: This talk will be tailored to cruise location showing how to take the best from local dietary patterns

12. Popping nutritional pills and potions: are supplements as effective as food?
Nutritional supplements, such as multivitamins and fish oils, are big business with around one in three of us taking something every day. But can they replace the need for a healthy diet? Surveys show many of us struggle to know whether they are safe or effective and in what form or dose to take them. This talk explores which dietary supplements might be useful and whether any may be best avoided.

13. Soya and health : what's the story?
Soy foods play an important role in the diet of many Asian countries and are becoming increasingly popular in other diets around the world. This session examines the evidence to see if there is a role for soy foods in promoting health and uncovers ways we might include it in our diet.

14. Gluten - why all the fuss?
Gluten diets seem to be all the rage at the moment but what is gluten and should we be worried about it? This sessionk provides the answer to these questions and takes a look why some people might benefit from cutting out gluten but others might not.

15. Confused about carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates seem to cause more confusion than any other nutrient. Are they good or bad for health? Which types are best to eat ?This session covers the most recent research and recommendations on carbohydrates and health, helps clear up the confusion and explains why some types are better than others.

16. Perfecting portion sizes
Overeating is a real risk in society today but how do we know what makes a suitable portion size? This session takes a tour through the main food groups exploring recent research on how much of each we should eat for optimal health.

17. How does your diet measure up?
No doubt you’ve heard lots of guidelines for a healthy diet but how closely are you following one? Research shows over 60% of people when asked say they eat very healthily but dietary surveys often show a different picture. This fun interactive session allows you to compare what you typically eat and drink with the guidelines and pinpoint areas where you might be able to improve it.

Completed as Guest Speaker
P&O Azura A701 4 talks Caribbean.January 2017
P&O Azura A710 6 talks Iberia & Canary Islands.April 2017
P&O Azura A724 2 talks Norway. August 2017
P&O Oriana X719 4 talks Spain, Italy & Monaco. September 2017
P&O Azura A733 4 talks Caribbean November 2017
P&O Ventura N803 3 talks Caribbean & USA February 2018
P&O Arcadia J801-3 7 talks World Cruise Australia & the Philippines March 2018
P&O Britannia B809 7 talks Portugal & The Canaries April 2018
P&O Oceana E810B 4 talks Mediterranean May 2018
P&O Azura A816 2 talks Norway June 2018
P&O Oriana X811 4 talks Mediterranean. July 2018
P&O Britannia B820 2 talks Iberia & Channel Islands. July 2018
Upcoming Cruises as Guest Speaker
P&O Azura A901 4 talks Caribbean January 2019
P&O Ventura N911 6 talks The Canaries, Madeira & Spain May 2019
P&O Oceana E915 4 talks Mediterranean July 2019
P&O Azura A918 2 talks Norway July 2019
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Balmoral L1926 4 talks Baltic October 2019
P&O Azura A931 4 talks Caribbean December 2019
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Boudicca D2001 6 talks Australia, Papua New Guinea & Indonesia January 2020

Sue has full travel insurance as a Cruise Ship speaker.

Testimonials about Sue's Lecturing Experience:

"Sue is an experienced dietitian with a passion for communication. She combines robust nutritional science with sound practical advice, making healthy eating options understandable, enjoyable and achievable. "Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement in Science, University of Birmingham.

"Sue is a much-valued official spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association representing us on countless occasions through various media channels such as national newspapers, television, radio and magazines." Steven Jenkins, PR Officer, The British Dietetic Association.

"Sue is the lady I rely on when diet-related presentations are required. They are always brilliant. She has the skill of being lively, engaging but realistic." Jan Procter-King, Editor In Chief, British Journal of Primary Care Nursing.

"Sue is highly knowledgeable in her field and a great enthusiast. This comes over very strongly in her teaching sessions which are always excellently presented, entertaining and appropriately tailored to the learning needs of her different audiences. It is always a pleasure to attend her lectures. I always leave feeling informed and inspired." Dr Rosie Heath, GP Wsi Cardiology Lead for NHS Plymouth.

"Sue is a highly professional individual who is full of enthusiasm for her speciality. She always goes that extra mile and indeed makes every project better because of her involvement." Liz Fox Senior Health Promotion Specialist, Bristol Directorate for Public Health.

“Having Sue as our nutritionist speaker during our Harvest at Eden event was not only great fun and highly interactive but was also thought-provoking and added an important educational aspect to the overall programme”. Gabriella Gilkes, Producer, The Eden Project, Cornwall
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
Britannia B820 France, Spain & Guernsey Cruise 7 Southampton Sunday, July 15, 2018
Oceana E810B France & Italy Cruise 7 Valletta Thursday, May 24, 2018
Oriana X719 Spain, Italy & Monaco Cruise 17 Southampton Wednesday, September 20, 2017