Dr Fiona Geaney is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Food Choice Ltd and also holds an Adjunct Lectureship position in Public Health Nutrition with the School of Public Health in University College Cork (UCC). Dr Geaney holds a BSc in Nutritional Sciences and a Master of Public Health from UCC. While studying for her Masters, Dr Geaney discovered her keen interest in public health nutrition and in 2015 she obtained her PhD in Public Health Nutrition, also from UCC. Dr Geaney was the lead investigator of the Food Choice at Work Study (2010 – 2015), where she developed, conducted and evaluated a large-scale dietary intervention study over a period of 23 months. Due to considerable interest from national enterprises, the study was successfully commercialised in 2015 as a spin-out company from UCC.
Food Choice is a sector leading, scientifically proven, technology-led healthy eating management system for employees that generates sustainable improvements in the health and wellbeing of employees and a positive return on investment for employers. Food Choice empowers employees through knowledge and nutrition education and creates supportive healthy eating environments that facilitate healthy food choices. Food Choice have developed an innovative nutritional analysis software platform and employee smartphone app that have facilitated expansion into international markets. Current clients include Microsoft Ireland, Cork City Council, University College Cork, Nestle (Fawdon, Newcastle, UK) and Credit Suisse, (London, UK).
Food Choice is dedicated to producing research that will continue to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of employees in client companies and that of their friends and families. With this strong commitment to research, Dr Geaney’s research profile continues to grow and she has contributed to 17 peer-reviewed publications to date and has discussed her work at numerous national and international academic conferences. Dr Geaney has also established close collaborative relationships with many other research centres and national agencies including the HRB Centre for Health and Diet Research, Safefood, Irish Heart Foundation, Department of Health and the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD). Within her adjunct Lectureship position, Dr Geaney contributes to the teaching and supervising of students within the School of Public Health.