#FACONF 2021 Hub

The #FACONF 2021 Conference Hub

On Thursday 28th January, we held our annual conference ‘COVID-19, Inequalities and Healthy Weight: How can the North level up?’ to explore how populations across the region have been affected by COVID-19, and how the pandemic is widening the gap between the North and South in terms of health inequalities. 

The conference was extremely popular with over 300 registrations, representing public health professionals, policy leads, elected members, the third sector, academics, and wider stakeholders from the North of England (and beyond). Check out the Conference Handbook here.

This page contains a recording of the event, and a run down of the presentations on the day. If you would like to access a copy of any of our speaker’s presentations, please email info@foodactive.org.uk.


A recording of the conference can be found below. Please note that owing to Zoom limitations on permitting recordings in breakout rooms, the workshops were not recorded. You can find presentations shown during these sessions below. 


COVID-19 and the Northern Powerhouse: Tackling inequalities for UK health and productivity

Dr Luke Munford, University of Manchester

COVID-19, Inequalities and Healthy Weight

Anna Taylor OBE, Food Foundation

The impact of Covid-19 on food, physical activity and healthy weight behaviours in the North

Dr Charlotte Hardman, University of Liverpool

Workshop 1a) Active places and people:

Lauren Perkin and James Hartley, Sport England South Tees Local Delivery Pilot.

Workshop 1b) Holiday food provision, taking a partnership approach:

Lydia Orford, Cheshire West and Chester Council and Stephanie Ellis, the Welcome Network.

Workshop 1c) Supporting families living with obesity virtually:

Susannah Green, North West Boroughs Healthcare Foundation Trust

Workshop 2a) Whole systems thinking to address obesity and health inequalities:

Deborah Lowe, Leeds City Council.

Workshop 2b) Engaging with system leaders in supporting community health and wellbeing:

Cllr Jackie Floyd, Blackburn with Darwen Council and Cllr Shaun Turner, Lancashire County Council

Please note that Jackie and Shaun did not use slides for their workshop. To find out more information about the areas of work they discussed, please click on the buttons below.

Workshop 2c) Exploring obesity safeguarding pathways

Peter Cooper, Manchester City Council


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