All-Island Obesity Newsletter December 2015

All-island Obesity Action Forum Workshop

The most recent workshop called ‘Changing environments, changing behaviours’ was held on the 10th November 2015 in the Gibson hotel in Dublin.

The workshop commenced with a welcome and introduction by Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, Director of Health and Human Nutrition at safefood. The event focussed on changing environments and changing behaviours to reduce obesity both nationally and globally.  Prof Ivan Perry commenced the presentations with a comprehensive overview of changing food related health behaviours in the workplace.

Ms Diane Glasgow presented on research being conducted in Northern Ireland to encourage healthy lifestyles through the family health initiative. Mr Kyle Ferguson then followed this up looking at a Field Labs project in Northern Ireland in which researchers have developed an interactive playground. He also looked at the products being developed by five partner countries to encourage physical activity.

Prof Simon Capewell joined us by Skype and presented on how we as health professionals can use our work to generate change. This focussed in particular on taxing sugar sweetened beverages, the evidence around this, the benefits and the additional resources it would generate which could possibly be ring fenced for health initiatives. Our final speaker, Dr Sorcha McKenna presented on which interventions are the most effective in terms of impact and cost effectiveness.

The workshop was attended by nearly 70 people and was supported by safefood and the Health Research Board. Great feedback was received from the delegates with expectations for the event being met or exceeded for the majority of respondent’s.  Presentations from the day are available at

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Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 16, 2015