Researchers whose work has focused on healthy lifestyles for children were recognised at a University of Wollongong spring graduation ceremony.
Dr Jennifer Norman and Dr Megan Hammersley were both honoured on Thursday.
Both celebrated the culmination of years of hard work and thousands of words.
Dr Norman, from the Faculty of Social Sciences, received a PhD in public health.
Dr Norman's research, Sustained Impact of Unhealthy Food Advertising on Children's Dietary Intake, has demonstrated the link between junk food advertising and unhealthy nutrition among children.
She delivered her findings last year to the Australian Senate Select Committee into the obesity epidemic in Australia.
The Woonona resident, 53, has three grown-up children.
She had been working in a community nutrition role when the opportunity came up to undertake a PhD, which took three-and-a-half years to complete.
"Hopefully we can use my findings to advocate for stronger restrictions on food advertising for children," she told the Mercury.
"With kids, even just having food advertising around (them), it really normalises unhealthy foods as part of a usual diet.
"There's just masses of research that shows food marketing affects children's attitudes towards food... And food consumption too."
Dr Norman is pursuing grant funding to further her research in this area, including exploring the digital marketing of food.
Meanwhile, Dr Hammersley from the Faculty of Social Sciences received a PhD in education.
Dr Hammersley's research was titled The efficacy of an online lifestyle behavior change program for parents of preschool-aged children.
Dr Hammersley's research focused on giving families the tools they need to provide healthy lifestyles for their children, delivered via an online platform, Time2bHealthy.
Her work showed that, when given the right support and information, parents felt more confident and empowered to provide the building blocks for a healthy and happy life.
Balgownie resident Dr Hammersley, 46, has a background in nutrition and dietetics.
Dr Hammersley said UOW had secured a NSW Health grant to further her research.
This will be undertaken in collaboration with the University of Newcastle.
"We've had some significant outcomes and made some really great changes for parents and their children through this project," the mother of two said.
"It's great to be able to continue to work on it, and see how this research can translate into a real world setting."