Food Active Annual Conference: Childhood Obesity – Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

Food Active Annual Conference: Childhood Obesity – Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

Food Active are hosting their annual conference, ‘Childhood Obesity – Let’s Start at the Very Beginning’, in response to the lack of focus on early years and maternal health in the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan, Chapter 2.


The conference will bring together practitioners, academic and other experts to discuss the importance, challenges and opportunities for promoting healthy weight from pre-pregnancy to pre-school.

We are excited to have a number of excellent speakers confirmed, including:

Dr Julie Abayomi, Dietician and Reader of Dietetics at Liverpool John Moores University

Dr Emma Boyland, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Liverpool

Deirdre de Barra, Head of Information, Tommy’s Midwives

Nicola Denninson, Child Obesity and Physical Activity Programme Manager, Public Health England

Dr Julie Lanigan, Principal Research Associate, Childhood Nutrition Research, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health

This year’s conference will be held at the Bridge 5 Mill, Manchester from 10am until 3pm, with registration opening at 9:30am. The venue is located about 15-20 minutes from Piccadilly, easily accessible via the tram network and nearby parking spaces are available. Further information on accessing the venue will be circulated to registered delegates in the weeks running up to the conference.

Please note, the conference is currently fully booked, however we are compiling a reservation list so in case of any cancellations, we can re-allocate the space. 

There will be space for delegates to host any academic posters, pop up banners or resources for relevant organisations, research or campaigns in the lunch/networking area. If you are interested, please register for the event and contact beth.bradshaw@foodactive.org.uk to register for a space. Space is limited so will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Follow @food_active and sign up to our monthly news bulletin to keep up to date with all the latest news from the conference, using the hashtag #FoodActive2018


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Dr Rob Noonan is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Children’s Physical Activity at Edge Hill University, Twitter: @RobJNoonan