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Healthy Start – supporting healthy living in young children

Healthy Start – supporting healthy living in young children

A workshop hosted by the All-island Obesity Action Forum supported by safefood.

Date: 20 June 2023
Time: 9.30 am – 11.00 am            

Creating healthy environments in our homes, schools and communities can support children to grow and develop healthily. This webinar will discuss obesity prevention in early childhood and share findings from initiatives taking place to promote healthy eating and active living in young children. 

Speakers include Laura Taylor from the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland. Laura will provide an overview of the Early Years Obesity Prevention Programme ‘HENRY’ and outline the delivery of the ‘Healthy Families Right from the Start’ programme.

Louise Reynolds from the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute will provide an overview of a pilot study for the provision of hot school meals in pre-schools in Ireland, sharing outcomes of the pilot and future steps. 

Finally, Dr Anna Lene Seidler from the University of Sydney will discuss the components of interventions effective in reducing childhood obesity and highlight research gaps to direct future research priorities.

This webinar will be recorded and shared with all those registered. 

Programme

9.30 am - 9.40 am
Welcome address 
Fiona Ward, Department of Health Ireland

9.40 am - 9.55 am
An overview of the Early Years Obesity Prevention Programme - HENRY
Laura Taylor, Public Health Agency

9.55 am - 10.10 am
Hot Meals Scheme for Pre-schools in Ireland: A Pilot Study
Louise Reynolds, Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute

10.10 am - 10.25 am
The complex quest of preventing obesity in early childhood – what we know and where to next
Dr Anna Lene Seidler, National Health and Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney

10.25 am - 10.50 am
Q&A

10.50 am - 11.00 am
Closing remarks
Darren Moan, Department of Health Northern Ireland

Find out more

For more information about this event: 
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Call: (IRE) 0818 40 4567 (NI) 0800 085 1683

Speakers' biographies

Laura Taylor, Public Health Agency

Laura Taylor is a Registered Public Health Nutritionist and has worked for the Public Health Agency in the Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement team for the past 13 years. 

During this time Laura has been involved with a number of nutrition and obesity projects including the development and evaluation of nutrition education programmes, Food in Schools, adult weight management, Early Years Obesity Prevention programme, campaigns and nutrition publications. 

Laura takes great pride in helping to shape and influence services to meet the needs of the Northern Ireland population and to help support those who suffer the greatest inequalities in health. 

Outside work, Laura has two boys aged 12 and 9. She enjoys everything outdoors from climbing mountains to sea swims and shares her love and knowledge of food and nutrition at school events and social activities like cub scouts.

Louise Reynolds, Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute

Louise is a CORU registered dietitian with a BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics from Trinity College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology and an MSc in Science Communications from Dublin City University. She also holds a Diploma in Public Relations from the Public Relations Institute of Ireland. She is a member of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI). 

Having completed her clinical training in St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, Louise went on to work in research, the food industry and as a freelance nutrition consultant over the last 30 years. Louise also lectured on nutrition to Primary School Teaching students in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra for over 10 years. 

Louise is the regular dietitian contributor to the Claire Byrne radio show on RTÉ Radio 1 and is a regular contributor on nutrition for Ireland AM on TV3. Louise regularly contributes to articles on a wide range of nutrition issues in the media. Louise now works as the Communications Manager of the INDI, the professional body for dietitians in Ireland. She is also a member of the Food Safety Consultative Council of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

Dr Anna Lene Seidler, National Health and Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney

Dr Anna Lene Seidler is a Senior Research Fellow leading the NextGen Evidence Synthesis Team at the National Health and Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney. 

Lene’s main research goal is to bring together researchers in global collaborations to improve human health. Her work develops and improves methods for cooperation and coordination of research and brings together evidence from multiple large international datasets to answer high priority research questions. Lene leads a number of international research collaborations focusing on child health. This includes the Transforming Obesity Prevention for Children (TOPCHILD) Collaboration that brings together researchers around the world to find the most effective interventions to prevent early childhood obesity. Lene also co-leads Stream 1 of the Centre for Research Excellence in Translating Early Prevention of Obesity in Children (EPOCH-Translate) which focuses on enhancing the effectiveness and translation of early childhood obesity prevention.

Anna Lene Seidler is Co-convenor of the Cochrane Prospective Meta-Analysis Methods Group. She has qualifications and track record in research methods, biostatistics and psychology, holds a National Health and Medical Research Centre Emerging Leadership Fellowship and has been recognised with the Australasian Epidemiological Association Early Career Researcher Award.

Click here for Irish language version of the event. 

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