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Event: Shaping Healthier Food Environments (21 Nov)

08 Nov 2023
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An event hosted by the All-island Obesity Action Forum, supported by safefood.

Date: 21 November, 2023

Time: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm (Registration opens from 9.00 am)

Location: Ulster Museum, Stranmillis Road, Botanic Gardens, Belfast, BT9 5AB and online via Zoom

We live in a food environment that influences how we buy, prepare and consume food. Each day, we are challenged with a ‘foodscape’ that promotes and encourages unhealthy eating and excess energy consumption. It is now widely acknowledged that these unhealthy environments are contributing to obesity and ill-health.

This event will explore opportunities to support healthier food choices and ultimately improve population health. Speakers will discuss our current food environment and strategies to create healthier environments, sharing experiences that include the retail and advertising environments.


09.00 am: Registration with tea and coffee

10.00 am: Welcome and opening address

10.15 am: Professor Amelia Lake, Teesside University and Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health – ‘Opportunities to improve population health: exploring healthy food environments’

10.40 am: Sinead O’Mahony, Food Safety Authority of Ireland and University College Dublin – ‘Availability and prominence of healthy and unhealthy foods in supermarkets in Dublin, Ireland’

11.05 am: Break

11.25 am: Fran Bernhardt, Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming – ‘Local action on food advertising to address obesity and health inequalities’

11.50 am: Heather Brown, Lancaster University – ‘Monitoring and evaluating planning policy related to the food environment; what we have learned and what’s next?’

12.15 pm: Questions and answer session

12.45 pm: Closing remarks

01.00 pm: Lunch and networking

Who should attend?

This event will be of interest to those working in public health, academia, medical and clinical areas, the statutory, voluntary community sector, in industry, local planning departments and in government departments.

Find out more

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Call: (IRE) 0818 40 4567 (NI) 0800 085 1683

Register Here

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