The ‘Taste & See’ cluster randomised controlled trial


Coventry University

Lead Academics:

Dr Deborah Lycett, Associate Professor; Coventry University

Project description:

Taste & See is a church based programme for developing a healthy relationship with food. Following a successful feasibility study it is currently being trialled in churches across the UK in a cluster randomised controlled trial using a wait-list control. It combines psychological and nutritional approaches with Christian spirituality in an ‘off the shelf’ programme to help reduce emotional eating.

This approach to eating is open to those of all faiths or none who wish to explore eating from the perspective of body, mind and spirit. It enables churches as established caring communities to support the NHS agenda to improve population health and well-being.


Lycett D (2018) Protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial to compare the “taste & see” programme—A church-based programme to develop a healthy relationship with food—With a wait-list control. Religions. 9. 3, 88

Patel R, Lycett D, Coufopoulos A, Turner A. 2017. A feasibility study of Taste & See: a church-based, programme to develop a healthy relationship with food. Religions, 8(2), p.29

Patel, R., Lycett D., Coufopoulos, A., Turner, A. Moving Forward in Their Journey: Participants’ Experience of Taste & See, A Church-Based Programme to Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food. Religions 2017, 8 (1) 2077-1444

Lycett, D., Patel, R., Coufopoulos, A. and Turner, A., 2016. Protocol of Taste and See: A Feasibility Study of a Church-Based, Healthy, Intuitive Eating Programme. Religions, 7(4), p.41.

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