All Island Obesity News Newsletter

In December, “Healthy Food for Life” was launched by the Department of Health in response to the Obesity Policy and Action Plan which was released a few months prior. Healthy Food for Life consists of the updated Healthy Eating Guidelines and Food Pyramid.

Healthy Food for Life is a practical resource for the general population (5 years of age and over) in Ireland and its aim is to provide people with the nutrition advice needed to achieve a balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight.
A few of the main changes to this resource include:

  • The Vegetables, Salad and Fruit shelf is now the largest shelf in the Pyramid, with the recommended servings being 5 – 7. This move is to encourage people to base their meals around these foods.
  • In the Wholemeal Cereals and Breads, Potatoes, Pasta and Rice shelf, the recommended amount of servings are now tailored according to gender and activity. As well as this, there is an emphasis on choosing wholemeal and wholegrain varieties.
  • In the Milk, Yoghurt and Cheese shelf, the recommended servings are now tailored according to age, and there is more of a focus on choosing reduced fat or law-fat varieties.
  • The “top shelf” has been split from the pyramid so as to encourage people to limit their intake of high fat, salt and sugar containing foods to once or twice a week.
  • Nutritionally analysed meal plans now accompany the new Healthy Eating Guidelines which allow users to visualise what they should be typically eating in a day.


A number of resources are available to support the updated guidelines and can be found here.       

 

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Welcome to the first edition of 2017!

We want this newsletter to be as relevant as possible to your professional needs and work. We welcome and encourage your involvement - If you would like to contribute a piece on new research, an event or oganisational update please send to Anne Parle atobesityforum@safefood.eu. As a guide try to keep to ~100 words, providing a link and picture where possible.

We look forward to hearing from you and wish you a happy and healthy new year!

 

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We would like to wish all subscribers a very happy and healthy Christmas and best wishes for 2017.   
 
All-island Obesity Action Forum Workshop

The most recent workshop called 'The role of appetite in obesity' was held on the 8th of November 2016 in the Spencer hotel, Dublin.
 
The workshop commenced with a welcome and introduction by Mr Ray Dolan, CEO at safefood. The event focussed on the role of biology, eating behaviour and the environment on what we eat. Professor Jason Halford commenced the event with a comprehensive overview of the biological, psychological and environmental triggers of eating behaviour.
Dr Clare Llewellyn presented on the genetic influences on appetite and children’s nutrition. Dr Mary McCarthy followed this with a look at habit and unconscious food behaviours. Dr Faye Powell took us through family environmental influences on children’s eating behaviour and appetite. This was followed up by Dr David Stensel who presented on exercise and appetite regulation. Our final speaker Professor Kees de Graaf presented on how taste, texture and energy density affect satiation and energy intake.
 
The workshop was attended by over 90 people and was supported by safefood, the Association for the Study of Obesity (UK) and the Association for the Study of Obesity on the island of Ireland. Presentations from the day are availablehere.

 
Launch of Ireland's second Physical Activity Report Card on Children and Youth
 
The Institute of Public Health (IPH) was a member of the working group which recently produced Ireland’s second physical activity report card Are our kids moving with the times? The report card is seen internationally as a vital tool for practitioners and policy makers to identify key needs and gaps, allocate funds and develop activity promotion initiatives. Ireland’s Report Card which includes data from both the Republic and Northern Ireland was launched at the International Congress on Physical Activity, Bangkok on November 16th along with 37 other report cards from countries around the world. The report card collates available data related to children's physical activity levels and 'grades' the evidence using a grading system just like a school report card i.e. A to F or inconclusive/incomplete if there are not enough data available yet. Overall physical activity levels showed a slight improvement from D- to D since the 2014 report while schools slipped from C- to D. The full and summary reports can be accessed here.
 

The 5th Public Health Open Conference took place on Tuesday 11th October in Titanic, Belfast.  There was a wide variety of obesity related presentations on the day, illustrating the complex nature of obesity, and this was also fitting as World Obesity Day fell on the same day.  Dr Joanna Purdy and Dr Noelle Cotter of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) received a lot of interest in their presentation, ‘A spoonful of sugar....is taxation a solution?’ with the Budget also falling on the same day and the Irish government committing to the introduction of a sugar sweetened drinks (SSDs) tax in 2018.  Other obesity related presentations looked at issues around food poverty, the cost of a healthy food basket and food purchasing behaviour, the beneficial effects of green exercise, the effects of physical activity and screen time on children, the importance of building healthy lifestyles early in life and the results of a workplace weight management intervention. 


To view the presentation, ‘A spoonful of sugar....is taxation a solution?’, please follow these links  Slides /  Audio
 

To access the other obesity related presentations, as well as the full range of slides and audio from the event, click here  

 

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On the 22nd of September, the Irish Government launched "A Healthy Weight for Ireland - Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016 – 2025". The ten-year plan was launched in response to the rising levels of obesity in the Republic of Ireland, with 1 in 4 children and 6 in 10 adults being overweight or obese.

The policy sets out what are known as the "Ten Steps Forward", which aim at reversing the current obesity trend while preventing complications associated with obesity and reducing the overall burden for individuals, their families and the health system.

Some of the aims of the "Ten Steps Forward" include:

  1. Develop a proposal for a sugar-sweetened beverage levy.
  2. Develop legislation for calorie posting to help consumer in choosing healthier food options.
  3. Develop a code of practice for the promotion of food and drinks.
  4. Liaise with the food industry to set targets for food reformulation.
  5. Communicate the benefits of being a healthy weight to members of the public particularly those in low-income areas.
  6. Ensure the involvement of GPs in obesity prevention and subsequent care.
  7. Develop nutrition and physical activity guidelines for weight loss in overweight and obese individuals.
  8. Allocate resources according to need in particular for children and disadvantaged groups.
  9. Monitor research and review.
  10. Develop a service model for specialist care for children and adults.

Read more about the plan here.

The All-island Obesity Action Workshop

This upcoming event will take place on the 8th of November in the Spencer Hotel in Dublin. The workshop will focus on the role that appetite plays in obesity.

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This upcoming event, which will be hosted by the All-island Obesity Action Forum and supported by safefood, will take place in the Spencer Hotel in Dublin on the 8th of November. The theme of this workshop is ‘The Role of Appetite in Obesity’ and will bridge the biology, eating behaviour and role of the environment on food intake.

 
The event will welcome a range of national and international speakers who will present on current research looking at the various influences, from genetics to the environment, on appetite.
 
The keynote speaker for the event will be Professor Jason Halford, who is Head of the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Liverpool. His presentation will provide delegates with an insight into the triggers of eating behaviour.
 
This event will be of interest to those working in obesity-related areas in the voluntary community sector, academia, industry and government departments.
 
Registration for this free event will open in October and places will be limited so early booking is advised.

 

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Let’s take on Childhood Obesity


The next phase of the safefood childhood obesity campaign will focus on ‘Portion Sizes’. It will be promoted through both radio and outdoor advertisements, as well as through social media, and is due to be released at the end of August.

Statistics show that 1 in 4 children on the island of Ireland is overweight or obese and this new phase will aim to reduce this statistic. Research carried out has highlighted that obesity during childhood can have short-term health effects like bone-health problems, breathing difficulties and social issues, as well as long-term health effects like cardiovascular disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes.

Children of 5 years of age need half the amount of food of an adult. This phase will aim to encourage parents to stop, think and reconsider the amount of food they place on their child’s plate. Parents will be advised to use dishes and cutlery that match their child’s size to help them make these reductions.

See 
here for more information on the current childhood obesity campaign by safefood.

 

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The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) will host its 5th annual Public Health Open Conference on Tuesday 11 October 2016 in Titanic Belfast. This is a valuable opportunity for participants to present at this dynamic, informal, annual event. You are invited to submit proposals in line with the themes listed below:

Tackling poverty and inequality across the life cycle – innovative practices and interventions in the context of the delivery of programmes or services relevant to public health.
Connecting evidence with public health policy – novel approaches with an emphasis on engagement, participation and multidisciplinary collaboration.
How healthy are we? – research, policy and the creative arts as tools for advancing the public’s health.

If your obesity related work fits in with one of these themes, please submit your proposals on the Open Conference website at www.iphopenconference.com no later than Friday, 12 August 2016.

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The latest obesity forum workshop was held in the MAC theatre in Belfast on Tuesday 14th June and focussed on technology and health. 67 delegates attended and postitive feedback was received from all those in attendance.
 
Prof Cliona Ni Mhurchu who leads the Nutrition Research Programme at the University of Auckland was our keynote speaker and she commenced the workshop with an overview of technologies currently in use in New Zealand to monitor changes in the nutritional composition of the food supply over time, consumers purchasing habits and consumption patterns. 

Additional speakers presented on a range of different interventions and technologies including a physical activity loyalty scheme, an app desigend to reduce the incidence of gestational diabetes in pregnancy thorugh the provision of lifestyle advice, a vibrating fork designed to encourage consumers to eat at a slower pace and finally technologies which can be used to supplement and  improve the accuracy of self-reported sedentary behaviour in older adults.

Presentations from the day will be available here in the coming weeks. The next workshop will be held in Dublin on the 8th November 2016 and will focus on the role of appetite in obesity.
 

Registration is now open for the next All-island Obesity Action Forum Workshop which will be held in the MAC theatre, Belfast on Tuesday 14th June. The event will focus on current interventions that been developed using technology to aid behaviour change and reduce obesity. The event will host a range of national and international speakers who will present on innovative technologies designed to track, engage, monitor and change behaviour. Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu who leads the Nutrition Research Programme at the University of Auckland will join by video link.

Health Research Board Conference 2016
The Health Research Board will host a conference in Dublin Castle on the 30th November bringing together decision makers, policy setters, health professionals and researchers. The Health Research Board has transformed the health research landscape in Ireland over the last 30 years and this conference focusses on putting what has been learned into practice for the benefit of people's health and the delivery of health care. Registration is now open.

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Register now for the Knowledge 4 Health Conference 2016 which will take place on 25th May at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 
 
This all-Island Conference will explore innovative and practical ways of providing knowledge support for the implementation of two public health frameworks,  'Healthy Ireland: A Framework for Improved Health & Wellbeing 2013-2025' in the Republic of Ireland and 'Making Life Better – A Whole System Strategic Framework for Public Health 2013–2023' in Northern Ireland.

The Conference, which is free to attend, will be hosted by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH), in collaboration with its key Conference partners as detailed on the Conference website http://knowledge4health.net/ where you will also find more information and details on how to register.

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Weight Mate App

On the 21st January 2016 the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar launched safefood’s ‘weight-mate’ app. This app aims to help adults lose weight in a healthy way through goal setting and planning to eat healthy, balanced meals and exercise regularly. The app helps to monitor your exercise and nutrition goals and motivates you to achieve those goals. Weight-mate can enable the user to achieve a healthier lifestyle overall without reliance of low-calorie or fad diets which are have been proven to fail. The app features over 400 recipes developed by safefood’s nutritionists which have been nutritionally analysed to cater for individual weight loss needs. There is also a ‘Groups’ feature for communities, workplace groups, families or friends to work together towards their goals. Having the support of others on a weight loss journey can be a huge benefit and it makes it more motivating and fun!

‘weight-mate’ is free to download for iPhone and Android and is available in the iStore and Google Play.

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Happy new year

We welcome and encourage your involvement in 2016 - If you would like to submit a piece on new research, a community event, campaign or organisational update please send to Laura Keaver at obesityforum@safefood.eu. As a guide keep to ~100 words, providing a link and picture where possible.

Our next obesity forum workshop will be held on the 14th June in Belfast so please do save this date.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and productive new year!

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All-island Obesity Action Forum Workshop

The most recent workshop called ‘Changing environments, changing behaviours’ was held on the 10th November 2015 in the Gibson hotel in Dublin.

The workshop commenced with a welcome and introduction by Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, Director of Health and Human Nutrition at safefood. The event focussed on changing environments and changing behaviours to reduce obesity both nationally and globally.  Prof Ivan Perry commenced the presentations with a comprehensive overview of changing food related health behaviours in the workplace.

Ms Diane Glasgow presented on research being conducted in Northern Ireland to encourage healthy lifestyles through the family health initiative. Mr Kyle Ferguson then followed this up looking at a Field Labs project in Northern Ireland in which researchers have developed an interactive playground. He also looked at the products being developed by five partner countries to encourage physical activity.

Prof Simon Capewell joined us by Skype and presented on how we as health professionals can use our work to generate change. This focussed in particular on taxing sugar sweetened beverages, the evidence around this, the benefits and the additional resources it would generate which could possibly be ring fenced for health initiatives. Our final speaker, Dr Sorcha McKenna presented on which interventions are the most effective in terms of impact and cost effectiveness.

The workshop was attended by nearly 70 people and was supported by safefood and the Health Research Board. Great feedback was received from the delegates with expectations for the event being met or exceeded for the majority of respondent’s.  Presentations from the day are available at www.safefood.eu/events

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The HRB Centre for Health and Diet Research was well represented at this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Social Medicine (SSM), held in Dublin. Various members of the Centre showcased their work in areas of public policy, health promotion and clinical practice on the prevention and management of obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders. From the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in UCC, Dr Fiona Geaney presented her research entitled ‘The effect of complex workplace dietary interventions on dietary behaviours, nutrition knowledge and health status: a cluster controlled trial’, while Prof Patricia Kearneydelivered a presentation focusing on the frequency of health service use among older people with diabetes. Mr Sean Millar and Ms Marsha Treacy also presented their work on cardiometabolic risk and diabetic retinopathy, respectively. Dr Eimear Keane, of NUIG, discussed her research examining childhood obesity, dietary quality and the role of the local food environment. In addition to these oral presentations, numerous staff presented posters highlighting other on-going research related to this field.
 
The Centre was also delighted to host a workshop on Day 2 of the conference. This workshop, chaired by 
Prof Ivan Perry, focused on the ‘Optimal timing of interventions to tackle childhood overweight and obesity’ and saw presentations and discussions around population based community interventions for obesity – led by Prof Patricia Kearney and Prof Fionnuala McAuliffe, of University College Dublin.
 
The 
Society for Social Medicine aims to promote the development of scientific knowledge in social medicine, and covers a range of subjects including epidemiology, the medical and health needs of society, the provision and organization of health services and the prevention of disease.

Lifetime costs of childhood obesity & Irish Cancer Society Symposium

IPH to lead study on the lifetime costs of childhood obesity as part of European Joint Action

The EU Joint Action on Nutrition and Physical Activity (JANPA) will launch in Luxemburg this September.  The overall objective of the project is to contribute to halting the rise in overweight and obesity in children and adolescents by 2020 in the EU, within the global frame of the ‘EU Action plan on childhood obesity 2014-2020’, and in close link with the ‘European action plan for a nutrition and food policy 2015-2020’.   The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) will take the lead on Work Package 4 (WP4) that aims to develop the evidence-based economic rationale for action on childhood obesity.  WP 4 will build on previous adult obesity costing studies carried out across the island of Ireland and the EU, by adapting their statistical modelling techniques and applying them to childhood obesity.  The Irish component of the study is funded by SafeFood.

Irish Cancer Society Symposium

An Obesity and Cancer Symposium will take place on Wednesday 16th September 2015 as part of cancer week.   The event will take place at 1pm at the Irish Cancer Society, 43-45 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.  
Dr Marian Faughnan will speak about tackling obesity in Ireland while keynote speaker Professor Annie S. Anderson, a professor of public health nutrition in the University of Dundee will speak about the challenges of obesity and lessons learnt from tobacco control. There will be a facilitated discussion around the topic 'Achieving sustainable research, interventions and policy change for obesity prevention in Ireland', there will also be time for questions for the speakers.

Please contact Claire Byrne (cbyrne@irishcancer.ie) at the Irish Cancer Society if you would like to attend.

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Public Engagement Champions
 

Eight students from the Centre of Excellence (CoE) and the Centre for Public Health (CPH) have completed the first year of a pilot public engagement project delivered by CoE/CPH in partnership with QUB Research and Enterprise Directorate.  The project aims to provide an introduction to public engagement and encourage researchers to involve members of the public at all stages of the research cycle from co-design through to dissemination. To date students have completed sessions on stakeholder mapping, public and personal involvement and participated in public engagement training. Recently the students presented their work and discussed with individuals with experience in the area of cancer, nutrition, cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration, community based physical activity and urban renewal.

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Opportunity to submit abstract

The 4th Public Health Open Conference will take place on Tuesday, 13th October 2015 in Croke Park, Dublin.  We invite people from all sectors (ie statutory, academia, community, voluntary), North and South, to submit proposals for oral presentation at this dynamic, informal, free public health event  in line with the themes listed below:

  1. Cross sectoral work on the social determinants of health
  2. Income inequalities and health – closing the gap
  3. Research and evidence strengthening policy and practice
  4. Excellence in leadership in public health
  5. Influencing the teenage years – impact for life


Proposals to present at the Conference to be submitted on the conference website atwww.iphopenconference.com no later than Friday, 14 August 2015.

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The latest All-Island Obesity Action Forum Workshop was held on the 3rd June in the Stormont hotel in Belfast. 72 delegates attended the workshop which focussed on interventions to reduce obesity both nationally and globally.  

Dr Jacob Seidell from the University of Amsterdam commenced the presentations with a comprehensive overview of the JOGG programme in the Netherlands.
 
Dr Brendan O’Shea presented on research being undertaken in GP practises to determine the acceptability of weighing children as a routine part of a n appointment. Dr Joanne McClean then followed this up looking at a pilot study in Northern Ireland in which GPs referred patients into commercial weight loss programmes. Ms Fiona Gilligan looked at the social movement generated by the TV show Operation Transformation.
 
Our final speaker, Ms Amy Davies presented on an initiative in four European countries where youth developed social media campaigns to encourage their peers to adopt healthier lifestyles. The afternoon finished with a discussion chaired by Mr Gerry McIlwee where questions from the floor were addressed by our speakers.


The event was a success and we have received  very positive feedback from those who attended. All presentations are now available on our events page.

The next workshop will be held in Dublin on the 10th November. More details will be circulated on in the coming months.

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Health Promotion and Improvement

The HSE have awarded a 5 year National Contract for Vending following an in-depth tendering process. It is a dual award contract and patients, staff and visitors to healthcare facilities will start to see the new vending machines in some of our larger hospitals from the beginning of April. National roll out will be on a phased basis. The implementation of the HSE Healthy Vending Policy is by means of this national contract. The policy mandates the provision of a minimum of 60% Better Choice/healthier products in all vending machines in all HSE facilities. This percentage of Better Choice products can be revised upwards to 100% at the discretion of local management and in certain areas e.g. paediatric clinics, dental areas , diabetic waiting areas. It is planned to revise upwards this requirement for healthier options over time and subsequent revisions of the policy.  It also mandates calorie posting of all vended products to be displayed in anatomised (no company logos or subliminal advertising) vending machines displaying the caption “It’s all about choice....make yours a healthy one”.The newly designed white vending machines must also display the following 3 key messages in lime green info bubbles on the front and/or side of the machine:
 

  • Want a healthy snack? Choose the green option
  • Save your smile, drink water
  • Keep your snack to 150 calories

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Consumers regard portion sizes as being relevant only to those dieting, more important to women and not an issue for men or younger adults, a new report from safefood published recently reveals. 

The research led by a team from the University of Ulster, found that using practical, everyday items like measuring cups and different sized spoons were seen by consumers as being helpful in managing their portion sizes. Occasions such as eating with friends or eating out presented a challenge when trying to control portion sizes. The report “Consumer understanding of food portion sizes” also found that food products with health or nutrition claims like "low fat" or "reduced fat" may also be contributing to weight gain, as many people assume these products are lower in calories than they really are and consume a larger portion.

The research also revealed tips identified by consumers which they have found helpful in cutting down on their portion sizes – these included eating until satisfied (rather than full), filling up with water, vegetables or fruit and eating more slowly.

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Obesity remains a major public health challenge in Northern Ireland and the strategic framework, A Fitter Future for All 2012-2022, is attempting to address this. A two-year progress report of the framework was published in December 2014. This showed that good progress has been made however there has yet to be significant statistical change in the levels of overweight and obesity. The Obesity Prevention Steering Group is currently reviewing and updating the existing outcomes within the framework to take forward action from 2015-2019 and it is expected that these will be published online in the spring of 2015.

 

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Welcome to the first edition of 2015 and our new look newsletter! 

We want this newsletter to be as relevant as possible to your professional needs and interests, we look forward to hearing your comments and feedback on this new layout. 

We welcome and encourage your involvement - If you would like to submit a piece on new research, a community event, campaign or organisational update send to Laura Keaver at obesityforum@safefood.eu. As a guide keep to ~100 words, providing a link and picture where possible. 
 
Our next obesity forum workshop will be held on the 3rd of June in Belfast so please do save this date

We look forward to hearing from you and wish you all a happy, healthy and productive new year!

Ray Dolan,

Chief Executive, safefood and Chair, All-island Obesity Action Forum
 
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Dear Colleagues,                                                                                  


Welcome to the latest edition of All-island Obesity News. 

Presentations from the most recent All-island Obesity Action Forum workshop are now available on the event page This event focused on the marketing of foods and drinks to children on the island of Ireland and explored their understanding of these messages.The marketing strategies of food and drinks sponsors at the Olympic and Commonwealth games were also discussed while our keynote speaker Dr Joao Breda from the World Health Organisation focused on childhood obesity in the EU, future plans for EU initiatives and the relevance of this to social marketing. The event was a great success with plenty of learning and discussion. The next workshop will be held on the 3rd June 2015 in Belfast.

I would encourage you to circulate All-island Obesity News among your colleagues and to share your work via this publication by submitting any relevant news items to Laura Keaver at obesityforum@safefood.eu

This is the last edition of our newsletter in the current format. We will be launching a shorter monthly newsletter in January. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. 

Ray Dolan,
Chief Executive, safefood and Chair, All-island Obesity Action Forum
 
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Dear Colleagues,                                                                                  


Welcome to the latest edition of All-island Obesity News. 

The next workshop will be held on the 11th November 2014 in the Gibson Hotel inDublin. This event will focus on the marketing of foods and drinks to children on the island of Ireland and explore their understanding of these messages.The marketing strategies of food and drinks sponsors at the Olympic and Commonwealth games will also be discussed while our keynote speaker Dr Joao Breda from the World Health Organisation will focus on childhood obesity in the EU, future plans for EU initiatives and the relevance of this to social marketing. You can now register for this event online here.

Thank you to all those who completed our evaluation survey. Results will be available shortly and we look forward to providing you with a new and improved newsletter in the new year.

I would encourage you to circulate All-island Obesity News among your colleagues and to share your work via this publication by submitting any relevant news items to Laura Keaver at obesityforum@safefood.eu

Ray Dolan,
Chief Executive, safefood and Chair, All-island Obesity Action Forum
 
Minutes of Forum meetings, events and further details about the Forum can be accessed on the
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Dear Colleagues,                                                                                  


It is my pleasure as the new Chief Executive of safefood to welcome you to this edition of All-island Obesity News. 

Presentations from the most recent All-island Obesity Action Forum workshop are now available on the event page. Hosted by safefood, the Health Service Executive and the Public Health Agency, the workshop addressed Maternal Obesity and highlighted the implications of maternal obesity and current interventions on the island of Ireland. The next workshop will be held on the 11th November 2014 in the Gibson Hotel in Dublin.

This edition is once again packed full with news, events, research updates and training opportunities and as usual, the first section contains information directly submitted by Forum members including a spotlight piece from the Centre of Excellence for Public Health, Northern Ireland. I would encourage you to circulate All-island Obesity News among your colleagues and to share your work via this publication by submitting any relevant news items to Laura Keaver at obesityforum@safefood.eu

Ray Dolan,
Chief Executive, safefood and Chair, All-island Obesity Action Forum

Dear Colleagues,        

Welcome to this edition of All-island Obesity News. The All-island Obesity Action Forum Workshop on Maternal Obesity is fast approaching. It will be held on the 17th June in the Stormont Hotel in Belfast and is supported by safefood, the Health Service Executive and the Public Health Agency. Invitations have been sent out and registration is filling up. For more information on the workshop visit the event page on the safefood website.

This edition is once again packed full with news, events, research updates and training opportunities and as usual, the first section contains information directly submitted by Forum members including a spotlight piece from the HRB Centre for Health and Diet Research. I would encourage you to circulate All-island Obesity News among your colleagues and to share your work via this publication by submitting any relevant news items to Laura Keaver at obesityforum@safefood.eu.

On another note this will be my last newsletter as Chief Executive of safefood. After 15 years I am retiring and looking forward to the next chapter. With very best wishes to all our subscribers.

Martin Higgins,
Chief Executive, safefood and Chair, All-island Obesity Action Forum

Dear Colleagues,                                                                                 

Welcome to this edition of All-island Obesity News. I am delighted to announce that the Forum’s next workshop will take place in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast on Tuesday the 17th June. It will focus on maternal obesity and more specifically current interventions on the island of Ireland as well as a midwifery insight into the current challenges from a practical perspective. The workshop will be hosted by the All-island Obesity Action Forum, supported by safefood, the Health Service Executive and the Public Health Agency. Keynote speakers include Professor Michael Turner Director of the National Programme for Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe Head of Women’s and Children’s health in University College Dublin.

This edition is once again packed full with news, events, research updates and training opportunities and as usual, the first section contains information directly submitted by Forum members including a spotlight piece from the Institute of Public Health.  I would encourage you to circulate All-island Obesity News among your colleagues and to share your work via this publication by submitting any relevant news items to Laura Keaver at
 obesityforum@safefood.eu
 
Martin Higgins,
Chief Executive, safefood and Chair, All-island Obesity Action Forum
 
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Dear Colleagues, 

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of All-island Obesity News for 2014. This edition is once again packed full with news, events, research updates and training opportunities and as usual, the first section contains information directly submitted by Forum members including a spotlight piece from safefood.

The Forum will host its next workshop in Belfast on the 17th June, this will focus on maternal obesity and further details will be announced over the coming weeks. I would encourage you to circulate All-island Obesity News among your colleagues and to share your work via this publication by submitting relevant news items to Laura Keaver at obesityforum@safefood.eu
 

Martin Higgins,
Chief Executive, safefood and Chair, All-island Obesity Action Forum

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Dear Colleagues,                                                                                  

Welcome to this edition of All-island Obesity News. I am delighted to announce that the Forum’s next workshop will take place in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin on Tuesday the 19th November 2013. The workshop will focus on the eating out sector, highlighting what is available to individuals and families when they choose to eat outside the home and initiatives to help guide healthier choices. The workshop will also see the launch of a safefood - commissioned research report based on family eating out experiences which has been conducted across the island of Ireland. The workshop will be hosted by the All-island Obesity Action Forum, supported by safefood.

This edition is once again packed full with news, events, research updates and training opportunities and as usual, the first section contains information directly submitted by forum members including a spotlight piece outlining how one in four cases of CHD or stroke could be prevented each year from the Health Resource Board. I would encourage you to circulate All-island Obesity News among your colleagues and to share your work via this publication by submitting any relevant news items to Laura Keaver at 
obesityforum@safefood.eu.

Martin Higgins,
Chief Executive, safefood and Chair, All-island Obesity Action Forum
 
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Dear Colleagues, 

Welcome to this edition of All-island Obesity News. As you are aware childhood Obesity has become a public health priority with 1 in 4 children across the island of Ireland now carrying excess weight. In response to this safefood, the Health Service Executive and the Department of Health (ROI) are working in partnership to develop and implement an integrated communication campaign which supports both the National Obesity Taskforce and Healthy Ireland strategies in ROI and the Fitter Futures for All Implementation Plan in Northern Ireland. The main aim is to communicate both practical solutions that parents can adopt while maintaining awareness of the health challenges posed by excess weight in childhood and the negative impact that this can have on the quality of life. Key partner organisations and campaign advocates will be essential to delivering the messages on the ground. The campaign will target primary carers of children aged between 1 – 12 and will launch late Autumn running for three years. 

Presentations and roundtable discussion information from the most recent All-island Obesity Action Forum workshop are now available on the event webpage. Hosted by safefood and the Association for the Study of Obesity on the island of Ireland the workshop addressed Childhood Obesity. The next workshop will be held on the 19th November 2013 in the Gibson Hotel in Dublin.

This edition is once again packed full with news, events, research updates and training opportunities and as usual, the first section contains information directly submitted by Forum members including a spotlight piece outlining the upcoming IPH Open Conference which will be held on the 8th of October in Dublin. I would encourage you to circulate All-island Obesity News among your colleagues and to share your work via this publication by submitting relevant news items to Emily Kelleher at obesityforum@safefood.eu.

Martin Higgins,
Chief Executive, safefood and Chair, All-island Obesity Action Forum
 
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Dear Colleagues, 
 
Welcome to this edition of All-island Obesity News. The All-island Obesity Action Forum Workshop on Childhood Obesity is fast approaching. It will be held on the 25th June in the Stormont Hotel in Belfast and is supported by safefood and the Association for the Study of Obesity on the island of Ireland. Invitations have been sent out and registration is filling up. For more information on the workshop visit the event page on the safefood website.  

This edition is once again packed full with news, events, research updates and training opportunities and as usual, the first section contains information directly submitted by Forum members including a spotlight piece outlining recent work from the community food initiative programme from safefood. I would encourage you to circulate All-island Obesity News among your colleagues and to share your work via this publication by submitting and relevant news items to Emily Kelleher at obesityforum@safefood.eu.

Martin Higgins,
Chief Executive, safefood and Chair, All-island Obesity Action Forum
 
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Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to this edition of All-island Obesity News. I am delighted to announce that the Forum’s next workshop will take place in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast on Tuesday the 25th June. It will focus on childhood obesity and more specifically key learnings to date. The workshop will be hosted by the All-island Obesity Action Forum, supported by safefood and Association for the Study of Obesity on the island of Ireland. Keynote speakers include Professor Philip James from the International Association for the Study of Obesity and Professor Richard Layte from the Economic and Social Research Institute.

This edition is once again packed full with news, events, research updates and training opportunities and as usual, the first section contains information directly submitted by Forum members including a spotlight piece from the Centre for Excellence in Public Health Northern Ireland. I would encourage you to circulate All-island Obesity News among your colleagues and to share your work via this publication by submitting and relevant news items to Emily Kelleher at obesityforum@safefood.eu.

Martin Higgins,

Chief Executive, safefood and Chair, All-island Obesity Action Forum

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Dear Colleagues,

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of All-island Obesity News for 2013. This edition is once again packed full with news, events, research updates and training opportunities and as usual, the first section contains information directly submitted by Forum members including a spotlight piece from the HRB Centre for Health and Diet Research.
 
The Forum will host its next workshop in Belfast in June – further details will be announced over the coming weeks. I would encourage you to circulate All-island Obesity News among your colleagues and to share your work via this publication by submitting and relevant news items to Emily Kelleher at obesityforum@safefood.eu.

Martin Higgins,
Chief Executive, safefood and Chair, All-island Obesity Action Forum

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Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to this edition of All-island Obesity News. I am delighted to announce that All-island Obesity News, e-bulletin of the All-island Obesity Action Forum is now brought to you by safefood, in collaboration with the HRB Centre for Health and Diet Research, the Centre for Excellence in Public Health Northern Ireland and the Institute of Public Health in Ireland. Each edition will bring together the latest in obesity related research, news and events while also highlighting recent work from each of the four collaborators.

The first section of this bulletin contains a spotlight piece from the Institute of Public Health in Ireland on their recent Open Conference and also information directly submitted by Forum members. We would ask you to circulate this among your colleagues and to share your work via this publication by submitting all relevant news items to Emily Kelleher at obesityforum@safefood.eu.
 
Martin Higgins,
Chief Executive, safefood and Chair, All-island Obesity Action Forum

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