This event will examine the future policy actions required to tackle Scotland’s obesity problem, following the conclusion of ‘A Healthier Future – Action, Ambitions on Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight’ consultation as we look ahead to the imminent Scottish Government strategy.
Obesity is Scotland’s foremost public health problem
NHS Health Scotland estimates that obesity currently costs the economy, both directly and indirectly, up to £4.6 billion per year, with Scotland now boasting the highest incidences of obesity for both men and women among OECD countries.
The Scottish Government are committed to addressing the problem through helping people to make healthier choices, empowering personal change and leadership. Likewise, there is wide public support for change with the recent Scottish Social Attitudes Survey highlighting that 91% believe that fast-food is too readily available, and 82% supporting cuts to sugar, salt and fat in products.
Despite the ambition for change, more needs to be done to understand how can we create a solid policy framework going forward that seeks to deliver a consistent approach to implementing and resourcing policies across sectors. Join us on the 6 September as we examine this, and address the key challenges surrounding the public health challenge presented by Scotland’s obesity problem.
Key issues we’ll examine with you
• An up-to-date briefing on the Scottish Government’s future strategy for tackling obesity. How can we ensure the correct policy priorities and future ambitions for change?
• Latest developments and demographic implications for the population: obesity and the relationship with social inequalities and economic factors such as income, access, education and poverty
• Improving partnership working across sectors, so that your organisation is aware of the challenges and opportunities that will arise in the future
• Steps required to improve diet and physical activity: improving nutrition and availability of healthy choices
• Sharing and learning from good practice from across sectors
- Professor Alexandra Johnstone, Professor of Appetite Research, University of Aberdeen/SEFARI
- Amanda Boyle OBE, CEO, Scottish Slimmers
Who should attend?
This briefing will be of benefit to those working to tackle Scotland’s obesity problem, including:
• Practitioners in public health and health improvement, health psychologists
• Dieticians, nutritionists, catering managers
• NHS Bodies, IBJ’s and Health and Social Care Partnerships
• Education - PE and Health teaching and support staff and school nurse
• Research professionals and policy managers involved in healthy living/weight, population health, public health and obesity
09:30 Registration and Refreshments
10:00 Welcome and Introduction from Chair
10:05 Session 1: Policy and Overview
Up-to-date briefing on the latest Scottish Government actions, and assessing the outcomes of the consultation
Looking ahead to the imminent Scottish Government obesity strategy
Current demographic trends across the life course
Understanding the correlation between health inequalities and obesity, and actions your organisation can take to change this
Examining where responsibilities lie and how to mitigate the effects of obesity
11:00 Questions and Discussion
11:20 Refreshments and Networking
11:40 Session 2: Improving Partnership Working and Individual Choices
Key issues for the Scottish food and drink industry: increasing collaboration and understanding evidence-based policy
Understanding how your organisation can support consumers to make healthier choices
Examining how we can encourage an uptake of physical activity among all, but also hard to reach demographics
The multi-agency approach to tackling the obesity crisis
12:20 Questions and Discussion
12:50 Lunch and Networking
13:50 Session 3: Sharing and Learning from Good Practice
A series of case studies will share learning and good practice for improving health outcomes, and efforts to tackle the obesity crisis.
14:50 Questions and Discussion
15:20 Closing Remarks from Chair
15:30 Close of Event
*Agenda subject to change
Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.
Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
• Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
• Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
• Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)