FAQs

What are we doing?

We are carrying out a series of experiments involving members of the public. These experiments are being run by some of the UKs leading academics in their field. They will be based on previously published scientific research. These experiments may involve changing someone’s diet in a small way or other aspects of their daily routine. For instance we might take a group of 30 people and split them up into three groups with each group adding a different everyday food to their diet to see if it makes any difference to their cholesterol levels.

However we do it these changes will be something most people could adopt if they so choose. It will never involve prescription medicines, eating only organic or writing to your MP.

How long will we be filming for and when?

Various experiments run for different periods of time ranging from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. The experiments will start around mid-August and the beginning of September.

How many people will take part in these experiments?

The numbers vary from 6 to 30 volunteers.

When will I be filmed?

You will need to available to be filmed as part of a group of volunteers at the beginning and end of the experiment period. We may also wish to catch up with you half way through to find out how you are getting on.

Will some people not be able to take part?

There are exclusion criteria which are laid down by the academics and medical staff conducting the experiments. We will run through with you exactly what is contained in those criteria and explain if you are not eligible to take part.

What do I need to do during the experiment?

You may need to change your diet or exercise regime but these will be things that are easily achievable and not complicated. The important thing is that you are committed to sticking with the experiment and seeing it through to the end.

Will you need to take blood from me?

For some of the experiments we will need to take blood. We will let you know which experiments this applies to at the start of your application. You may be asked to attend a session where things such as blood, blood pressure and weight are recorded. This would take place at the beginning and the end of the experiment. All such measurements are taken by fully qualified medical staff.

Why are we doing these experiments?

The purpose is to show how we can all make a real difference to our health in a way that's easy to achieve. As part of the experiment we will explain the science behind how the body works and why sometimes it goes wrong.