Reformulating our obesogenic environment. Can it improve our health?

All-island Obesity Action Forum

Date: Tuesday November 13th, 10.00 to 13.30

Venue: The Richmond Education Centre, No. 1 North Brunswick Street, Dublin.

A workshop hosted by the All-island Obesity Action Forum supported by safefood, the Association for the Study of Obesity on the Island of Ireland and the Association for the Study of Obesity (UK) Northern Ireland Network.

The event will highlight how reformulating our obesogenic environments can create positive behaviours to promote a healthy weight. We will discuss current reformulation strategies to improve the food environment and explore how our environments can be changed to encourage people to be more physically active.


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Weight Management before, during and after pregnancy - January 2018 Belfast

This meeting showcased the latest research and current public health interventions across Northern Ireland relating to obesity and weight management before, during and after pregnancy with an exciting programme of speakers drawn from academia, clinical practice and public health services.

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Speaker Presentations

Weight loss after pregnancy: A challenging but opportune time to intervene - Dr Michelle McKinley

Preparing for pregnancy: Do we? - Ben Cairns

Obesity in pregnancy: Obstetric complications and outcomes - Dr Kelly-Ann Eastwood

Midwives’ perceptions and knowledge of maternal obesity - Dr Mary McCann

Pregnancy: a time to sit down and put your feet up? - Dr Sinead Currie

Regional weigh to a Healthy Pregnancy Programme - Michelle Toland

Weight management in the postpartum period: the Supporting MumS (SMS) study - Dr Ciara Rooney

The ASO Northern Ireland Network

The aim of the Northern Ireland Network is to help establish links between academics, practitioners and policymakers in the North and South of Ireland who have an interest in any aspect of obesity and its health and social consequences, to share good practice, research, policy updates and find common grounds for partnerships and collaborations where appropriate. Through these links, the Northern Ireland Network plans to highlight key obesity issues and facilitate knowledge exchange on the causes and prevention of obesity, and to promote action through research translation to reduce its burden.

The Northern Ireland Network intends to hold two meetings annually, bringing together national and regional perspectives and is open to working in partnership with other organisations with shared interests. Attendance at these meetings is open to anyone with an interest in obesity, and may be of particular interest to researchers, clinicians, health services, local authority, public health, commissioners of obesity services, and academics. Details of any upcoming events will be published on this page.

The Northern Ireland Network is managed by Dr Laura McGowan ([email protected]) and supported by PhD student Caroline McGirr ([email protected]) both based at Queen’s University Belfast. Please get in touch with any ideas you may have for meetings or events or if you would simply like to get more involved with the Northern Ireland Network – all welcome.

Previous Meetings

All-island Obesity Action Forum: Stigma in obesity - A public health priority? - June 2017

This event involved speakers from across the UK and Ireland covering the latest research and understanding in the area of weight stigma, what it is and what the effects are. Key learnings from the experience of stigma as it relates to mental health informed the discussion. The programme included personal stories of weight stigma and the communication strategies being used to address and combat weight stigma. View the programme and presentations.


Joint Event with Safefood, the ASO Northern Ireland Network and the Association for the Study of Obesity on the Island of Ireland (ASOI) - November 2016 Dublin

This was a joint event with Safefood, the ASO Northern Ireland Network and the Association for the Study of Obesity on the Island of Ireland (ASOI).

This workshop focused on the role of appetite in obesity. The event had a fantastic line up of speakers which was of interest to all those in the area of public health and psychology that attended. View a copy of the flyer.  Further details of this event go to Safefood and the All-island Obesity Action Forum.

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