#FACONF 2021 Hub

The #FACONF 2021 Conference Hub

Welcome to the #FACONF Conference Hub! Here you will find a recording of the event, as well as speaker presentations which are available to view and download below.

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. Check out the Conference Handbook here.

Food Active also launched an ambitious ‘8-Point Policy Call’ to focus efforts and resource in reducing health inequalities across the North, with a specific focus on healthy weight. Co-developed by the Food Active Network of local authorities, the 8-point policy call with determine advocacy work at both a regional and national level. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to find out more about this piece of work, and how you can get involved.

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).

By scrolling down this page, you can either remind yourself of any key presentations and for those of you who were not able to attend, get fully up to speed with everything that was covered on the day by viewing the recording, downloading speaker presentations. We will also be publishing an event report shortly.

We would like to say a big thank you to all our fantastic line up of speakers, panellists and chair for supporting the event during this difficult time.


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. 


A summary report of the conference is available to view and download 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


Food Active’s 8-Point Policy Call

At the #FACONF, we launched a set of 8 ambitious policies that focus specifically on healthy weight and inequalities in the North of England, and we are keen to gain support for these policies from stakeholders across the region, including those from: Local Authorities, NHS organisations, the voluntary and faith sectors, transport providers, business sector, local and regional media, academics and education settings.

Ahead of sharing this policy call with Metro Mayors and political leaders across the North of England, we are keen to engage organisations as ‘named supporters’ that will feature as part of an annex to the policy call’s briefing document. As such, we will be in contact again with stakeholder organisations in the early part of Spring 2021 to determine levels of support. We hope you can join us in our ambition to reduce levels of overweight, obesity and health inequalities in the North of England through this programme of work.

If you are interested in getting involved in this piece of work, please email beth.bradshaw@foodactive.org.uk

You can read our Policy Calls below.


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