Overview

20 Oct, 20219:00 am-1:00 pm21 Oct, 20219:00 am-1:00 pm
Online Conference

The Improving Public Health and Tackling Obesity Post Covid-19 Conference provides a unique opportunity for representatives from across the health, local government, voluntary and education sectors to discuss how to take a joined-up approach to improving public health across the UK.

It will focus on promoting healthy lifestyle changes and habits by tackling unhealthy behaviours in a post Covid-19 UK. The conference will discuss best practice and examine successful methods of improving public health behaviours and lifestyles through engagement and education programmes. Key areas of focus include obesity, promoting physical activity, mental health & wellbeing and public health psychology.

Policy Background

 63% of adults are above a healthy weight and half of these are living with obesity, according to NHS data. One in three children leaving primary school are already overweight or living with obesity. We know that obesity is associated with reduced life expectancy and that the UK’s rates of obesity are storing up future problems for individuals and the NHS. This became more apparent at the start of the pandemic with evidence showing that people who are overweight or living with obesity are more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid-19, to an intensive care unit and sadly die from Covid-19, compared to those of a healthy weight.

Tackling obesity and improving public health has been a government priority even before the Covid-19 pandemic. The government published its ‘Childhood Obesity: a plan for action, chapter 2’ Strategy in June 2018, which outlined a plan to significantly reduce childhood obesity by supporting healthier choices. The government has also committed to encouraging more active and healthy lifestyles through the Cycling and Walking Strategy, this included a £2bn package to fund bike lanes and cycling training, announced in July 2020. This falls within the long term vision to increase active travel and embed the benefits of walking and cycling into our everyday lives to encourage more healthy lifestyles. In response to Covid-19 the government published it’s Tackling Obesity: Empowering Adults and Children to Live Healthier Lives Strategy in July 2020, addressing the wake-up call provided by Covid-19 to encourage us to get healthy, get active and eat better.

Regional health inequalities are also a key area of concern for improving public health. The PHE National Child Measurement Programme, published in June 2020, demonstrates how child BMI measurements reflect trends in widening divides around inequality. Childhood obesity has risen the most outside of London and the South of England. Figures show that the poorest children most affected by austerity have been hit the hardest, with the Midlands seeing a 16% rise in year six obesity and a 14% rise in the North-West. PHE also published further insights in it’s June 2020 report ‘Disparities in the risk and outcomes of Covid-19’, highlighting disparities based on age, gender, ethnicity, region and deprivation.

As we look at the long-term impact and recovery from Covid-19, it is crucial for public health professionals across the local government, voluntary and health sector to come together and develop strategies for more improvement. Multi-agency approaches to improving public health interventions will be crucial for ensuring a healthier population more resilient to future public health emergencies. This conference will discuss best practice and examine successful methods of improving public health behaviours and lifestyles through engagement and education programmes.

Watch this video to find out more about the online event experience.

Key Features of an Online IG Event

  • Sector based networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
  • Topic based discussion groups

Agenda

  • Day 1 - 20th October
  • Day 2 - 21st October
9:30 am
Login and Accessing Online Event Platform
  • One on one networking opportunities and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:40 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:50 am
Chair’s Welcome Address

Welcome to the first day of the Improving Public Health and Tackling Obesity Post Covid-19 Conference. We have designed this conference with virtual in mind from the outset and therefore have designed the day to be as practical and solutions focused as possible for you.

Some of the key themes and challenges that we will be looking at solutions to across the day will include:

  • Developing a whole systems approach to improving public health and tackling obesity post Covid-19
  • What the data has shown us during the pandemic and lessons we can learn for key areas of improvement into the future
  • How to effectively work in partnership and engage with your community to improve public health
Professor Nicola Shelton
Professor Nicola Shelton
Head of Health and Social Surveys
University College London
Invited
10:00 am
ONS Data Deep-Dive: Sharing Insights into the Behaviours and Health of the Population

Emma will share analysis and insights into the impact of Covid-19 on the health of the population in the UK. She will explore trends in public health of the population as reflected in statistics from the ONS over the past year.

Emma will highlight the importance of data in demonstrating health inequalities and how they are influenced by ethnicity, socio-economic background, and behaviours. She will also explore what the data can teach us for future public health interventions & campaigns and lessons learnt from the pandemic.

Emma Rourke
Emma Rourke
Director of Health Analysis and Pandemic Insight
ONS
Confirmed
10:20 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
10:30 am
Keynote: The Impact of COVID on People Living with Obesity across Europe

Drawing upon the extensive research conducted by both EASO and his own personal research, Professor Jason Halford will:

  • Share preliminary data from the EUROPEANs study (3000 PLWO across 10 countries in Europe including England), funded by EASO ECPO
  • Offer insights into the impact of COVID 19 on the lived experience of people living with obesity
  • Explore EASO research into the role of physical activity and exercise training can help support the management of obesity in adults
Professor Jason Halford
Professor Jason Halford
Head of School, Psychology & President of EASO
University of Leeds
Confirmed
11:00 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual platform, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:20 am
Understanding Long-Term Declines in Smoking Behaviour in England and the Impact of Covid 19: A Birth Cohort Approach

This session will focus on:

  • General population and birth cohort smoking decline in England (1972-2019)
  • Current smoking patterns by age, period and birth cohort
  • Implications of the short-term effects of Covid 19 on smoking trends in England
Dr Magdalena Opazo Breton
Dr Magdalena Opazo Breton
MRC Skills Development Fellow
School of Health and Related Research, The University of Sheffield
Confirmed
11:40 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
11:50 am
Practical Insights: Engaging with and Supporting Elected Members Around Health and Wellbeing
Beth Wolfenden
Beth Wolfenden
Public Health Specialist
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Confirmed
12:10 pm
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
12:20 pm
Chair’s Closing Address

*Programme Subject to Change

9:30 am
Login and Accessing Online Event Platform
  • One on one networking opportunities and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:40 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:50 am
Chair’s Welcome Address

Welcome to the second day of the Improving Public Health and Tackling Obesity Post Covid-19 Conference. We have designed this conference with virtual in mind from the outset and therefore have designed the day to be as practical and solutions focused as possible for you.

Some of the key themes and challenges that we will be looking at solutions to across the day will include: 

  • Working in partnership to effectively reduce health inequalities
  • How to design a comprehensive public health engagement campaign
  • Discussing key areas of focus for improving public health, including: physical activity, smoking & alcohol and obesity
Professor Nicola Shelton
Professor Nicola Shelton
Head of Health and Social Surveys
University College London
Invited
10:00 am
Keynote: A Whole Systems Approach to Improving Public Health and Tackling Obesity
  • Exploring how improving public health interventions and provision is crucial for promoting healthy lifestyle changes and tackling unhealthy behaviour in a post Covid-19 UK
  • Highlight key areas of focus from the government’s ‘Tackling Obesity: Empowering Adults and Children to Live Healthier Lives’ strategy, published in July 2020
  • Outlining guidance from PHE for local authorities to support them in tackling obesity, including a route map which focuses on 6 phases of a whole systems approach
  • Sharing how £100m of new government support will be used to help those living with obesity to lose weight
Alison Tedstone
Alison Tedstone
Deputy Director Diet, Obesity and Physical Activity/Chief Nutritionist
Office of Health Improvement and Disparities Department of Health and Social Care
Confirmed
10:30 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
10:40 am
NHS Foundation Trust Practical Insights: Learning How to Tackle Obesity Through the Local Exercise Referral Scheme

In this session Dr Vasudev Zaver shares how they increased referrals of obese patients to the local exercise referral scheme to improve the health of their local population which includes a high number of patients from deprived ex-mining areas where healthy lifestyle choices can be difficult 

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn how to strengthen links with social prescribers to raise awareness of public health campaigns and services
  • Learn how Sherwood Forest effectively used and implemented digital alerts and campaigns which resulted in a 6-fold increase in referrals to the exercise scheme
  • Learn how effective interventions were used to improve engagement without the need for additional funding or the creation of new services
  • Understanding how to effectively use the national ‘Making Every Contact Count’ framework to raise awareness and improve outreach for public health issues
Dr Vasudev Zaver
Dr Vasudev Zaver
Core Surgical Trainee
NHS Health Education England North West
Confirmed
11:00 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual platform, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:20 am
Creating Healthier Food Environments: Putting Young People in the Lead

In his session, James Toop will explore the achievements of Bite Back 2030, specifically:

  • How to successfully reframe the issue of childhood obesity to successfully engage young people in the issue
  • How to develop young leaders and give them the opportunities to lead change
  • How to create an authentically youth-led organisation and what we’ve learned along the way
  • How Bite Back 2030 is approaching the growth of a youth-led movement for promoting child health and nutrition
James Toop
James Toop
Chief Executive
Bite Back 2030
Confirmed
12:00 pm
Public Health, Physical Activity, And Obesity in A Post-COVID World

In this interactive session, delegates will join Dr Mike Trott to discuss:

  • What have been the trends in obesity and physical activity during COVID
  • Identifying the problem: physical activity, sedentary behaviour, or obesity?
  • Solutions – what has worked and what hasn’t?
  • The future – what role can technology play?
Dr Mike Trott
Dr Mike Trott
Researcher and Lecturer
Vision and Eye Research Institute, Anglia Ruskin University Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, The Open University
Confirmed
12:50 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme Subject to Change

Audience

This conference is specifically designed for the health sector, local authorities and the voluntary sector but it is also open to the wider public and private sectors to encourage debate and networking.

  • Directors of Public Health
  • Directors of Health Improvement
  • Heads of Public Health
  • Public Health Obesity Leads
  • Heads of Health and Social Care
  • Health Education Leads
  • Public Health Strategists
  • Nutritionists
  • Public Health Consultants
  • Public Health Intelligence Analysts
  • Health Improvement Practitioners
  • Lead Dietitians

Pricing

  • Public Sector Rate (Housing & Central/ Local Government)
    £295 + VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate (Large Charities - Over £1m Income)
    £245 + VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate (Small Charities- Under £1m Income)
    £195 + VAT
  • Private Sector Rate
    £395 + VAT