Food Active Conference 2018

Childhood Obesity: Let’s start at the very beginning…
On Tuesday 6th November we held our annual conference in Manchester, this year the theme being ‘Childhood Obesity: Let’s Start at the Very Beginning’. The event was attended by 85 delegates from across the North West and beyond, and was kindly chaired by Dr. Sandra Davies, Director of Public Health at Liverpool City Council.
Thank you to all of our local authority partners for supporting the event, our fantastic line up of speakers and a room full of engaged delegates.
If you would like to access a copy of our speaker’s presentations, please email

The key objectives of the event were to:

  • Review the current evidence of the importance of healthy weight from preconception to preschool in preventing childhood obesity and barriers to achieve this.
  • Through a two-part workshop session, gather information from delegates on what they think are the most important local and national actions to tackle preconception and maternal nutrition, obesity in very early life and the food environment.
  • Share best practice and initiatives for local authorities to tackle obesity from preconception to preschool.

If you missed out on a place or couldn’t attend the conference, the resources below will contain everything you need to get you up to speed with the content covered on the day. For those who were in attendance, a chance to recap on the mass of information that was shared on the day!

Professor Jason Halford

Head of Department, Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool
Setting the scene – Childhood Obesity Plan, Chapter 2

Dr Julie Abayomi

Reader in Dietetics, Liverpool John Moores University
Nutrition in utero: Giving children the best start in life

Dr Julie Lanigan

Principle Research Fellow, Institute of Child Health, University College London
Prevention of obesity in very early life

Dr Emma Boyland

Senior Lecturer, Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool
How does the food environment undermine parental efforts to feed their children well?

Deirdre de Barra

Head of Information, Tommy’s Midwives
#AreYouReady – a practical example of reaching women with the importance of healthy weight before pregnancy

Gill Thornton

Head of Programme, Better Start Bradford
What works in Better Start Bradford

Dr Sara Ahern

Research Fellow, Born in Bradford

Nicky Dennison

Childhood Obesity and Physical Activity Programme Manager, Public Health England
Promoting healthy weight in children, young people and families: a local authority resource


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