Food Active to welcome over 300 delegates to its first virtual conference to discuss COVID-19, Inequalities and Healthy Weight in the North

by Beth Bradshaw | 27 January, 2021 8:00 am

‘COVID-19, Inequalities and Healthy Weight: How can the North level up?’ will bring together over 300 public health professionals, policy leads, elected members, the third sector, academics, and wider stakeholders from the North of England (and beyond) 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 event will focus on how the North can respond to both the challenges and opportunities presented by COVID-19 in addressing overweight and obesity, and how this can contribute to reducing regional health inequalities.

Food Active will also be launching 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.

We have a fantastic line up of speakers and experts in the field, including: Dr Luke Munford, Lecturer in Health Economics at the University of Manchester; Anna Taylor, Executive Director of the Food Foundation and Dr Charlotte Hardman, Senior Lecturer from the Department of Psychology at the University of Liverpool.

We will also be hosting a panel discussion featuring three Northern Directors of Public Health – Matthew Ashton, Lead Director of Public Health at Food Active, Professor Peter Kelly, Director of Public Health for the North East and Yorkshire Region and Fiona Phillips, Assistant Director of Public Health at the City of York Council. The discuss will aim to draw on the panellist’s experiences to discuss the opportunities for addressing obesity and inequalities in the region in a COVID-19 era.

Finally, the conference will facilitate a series of smaller workshops to highlight best practice on promoting healthy weight and addressing inequalities pre, during and post COVID-19 locally. Workshop themes range from supporting those living with disabilities to stay active during lockdown, engaging with system leaders to support health and wellbeing, partnership working to support holiday food provision and much more.

The conference will be chaired by the charity’s Executive Director, Dr Matthew Philpott, with Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy, Director of Public Health at Tameside Council and President of the Association for Directors of Public Health, chairing the Director of Public Health Panel Discussion.

Can’t make it tomorrow? We will be creating an online conference hub after the event including all speaker presentations, a recording of the event and event report so you can get up to speed. We will also be tweeting about the conference throughout the course of the day, using the hashtag #FACONF[1].

The link to the conference registration and agenda can be found below. Registration is live until 8am on the day of the conference – so time is running out, be sure to register for you place now.


For any more information or inquiries about the event, please contact[2]

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