All-island Obesity Action Forum: Reformulating our obesogenic environment

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.

Date: Tuesday 13 November, 2018

Time: 10.00am – 1.30pm

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

Event overview

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.

Guest speakers include Dr Barry Lamb from Waterford IT who will discuss how we have engineered physical activity out our everyday lives. While some progress has been made to increase opportunities for recreational activity there has been a reduction in physical activity in other areas of our lives. Dr Lamb will outline what we need to consider to reduce these trends. Associate Professor Eileen Gibney, from University College Dublin will give an overview of the benefits and challenges of food fortification. Dr Claire Cleland from QUB will share her research findings into the impact that environmental restructuring can have on our health and wellbeing. Dr Celine Murrin from UCD will provide a case study about their initiative to remove fizzy drinks from campus.