Author Identifiers

Simone Radavelli Bagatini

Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis - ECU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Medical and Health Sciences

First Advisor

Joshua Lewis

Second Advisor

Jonathan Hodgson

Third Advisor

Catherine Bondonno

Fourth Advisor

Marc Sim


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in Australia and worldwide. Prolonged exposure to stress is a risk factor for mental and physical illnesses, such as CVD. A healthy diet may help alleviate stress levels and improve mental and physical wellbeing. The aim of this thesis was to examine the potential benefits of higher fruit and vegetable (FV) intake on stress, mental and physical health. This thesis includes one scoping review, one study protocol and four epidemiological cross-sectional studies, providing new and exciting evidence for the relationship of higher FV intake with FV types on stress, mental and physical wellbeing.


Author also known as Simone Radavelli-Bagatini

Access Note

Access to chapters 1 & 7, and appendix 3, 4 & 5 of this thesis is not available.