A message from ASO Chair Maria Bryant re COVID-19

It is with sadness that I write to tell you that we have made the decision to cancel our UK Congress on Obesity (UKCO) this year due to COVID-19.  In the first instance, we felt that it would be inappropriate to launch the meeting at a time when many of you will be very busy supporting the NHS, dealing with work issues or caring for your children.  We are currently considering alternative activities and will be in touch with more information when this has been confirmed.

During this time we remain committed to supporting relevant activities related to the impact of COVID-19 on people living with obesity and other populations who will suffer due to food insecurity. For example, ASO has recently joined a group of organisations pledging to support Sustain's Urgent Action on Food. Details of activities will be provided in our new monthly email update.  Please do get in touch if you have any suggestions or would like us to help you promote activities to help others. The ASO Office team have relocated to work from home, but are fully set up to support you and our members will be able to contact the office by telephone and email as normal. Please keep in touch and let us know if there is anything else the ASO Office team can do to support you; we will do our very best to respond to your needs. 

As members of ASO, you are part of a wider family of organisations including the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO).  We would therefore encourage you to register to attend their European and International congress instead, which is now being held 1-4 September in Dublin. Membership rates for registration for this meeting apply to ASO members.

On behalf of the ASO Trustees, I would like to thank the local organising committee in Oxford for all of the work that they have already put into delivering what was planned to be a very successful event. Particular thanks to Dr Nerys Astbury, Dr Dimitrios Koutoukidis and Professor Susan Jebb.

Our thoughts are with you all in these very challenging times,

Maria Bryant

ASO Chair

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