Addressing Childhood Obesity: Healthier Choices, Healthier Children

Childhood Obesity

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be those working in local authorities, local enterprise partnerships and voluntary organisations promoting economic growth and development.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


Registration, Refreshments and Networking
Chair’s Welcome Address

Ms Caroline Cerny, Alliance Lead, Obesity Health Alliance (invited)


Morning Keynote: Exploring the Government’s Policy Action Plan to Address Childhood Obesity
  • Detailing the national ambition strategy to halve childhood obesity and reduce the gap between children from the most and least deprived areas by 2030
  • Explaining government regulated measures to reduce sugar and calorie intakes, such as the Sugar Tax Levy
  • Promoting local initiatives that mitigate the highly influential role of advertising and media
  • Empowering local authorities with the confidence to take a bold approach to support healthy lifestyles for residents
  • Looking to the future: Upholding the national ambition and ensuring children grow up to lead healthy lives into adulthood

Ms Tara Kaufmann, Policy Lead, Childhood Obesity, Department of Health and Social Care (invited)


Keynote: Tackling Social Inequality in Childhood Obesity and Improving Accessibility
  • Identifying children and families most at risk, where 40% of children in England’s most deprived areas are overweight or obese
  • Engaging with vulnerable groups, such as in low-income and regional areas
  • Advising on how to empower vulnerable children and families to make healthy choices and equip them with the relevant knowledge
  • Explaining the role played by schools and local areas in making healthy lifestyles accessible to all and outlining strategies to acquire relevant funding
  • Ensuring equality of access to obesity reduction initiatives between affluent and deprived areas by developing evidence-based weight-management services and improving support and treatment
  • Understanding and recognising the benefits of healthier children to the broader community and equipping children with the necessary skills and knowledge to lead healthy lifestyles in adulthood

Ms Katherine Hale, Education and Development Lead, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (invited)


Key Supporter Session


Questions and Answers Session
Refreshments and Networking
Keynote: Obesity’s Implications for National Healthcare and Prevention as a Solution
  • Interpreting the findings of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) and identifying vulnerable groups such as people with BAME backgrounds
  • Unpacking parental perceptions of their child’s weight, which often results in late intervention
  • Understanding the extent to which obesity puts pressure on national healthcare services, with hospitals receiving 617,000 admissions from patients with obesity related illnesses in 2016/17
  • Developing innovative nation-wide health and wellbeing programmes, such as NHS England’s Diabetes Prevention Programme, acquiring relevant funding, and responding to changes in the social and economic climates to account for emerging challenges
  • Promoting NHS research and campaigns to third-parties in order to minimise the quantity of future patients with conditions derived from severe obesity

Ms Karina Paturel, Programme Lead, NHS England (invited)


Case Study: Engaging with School Children and Promoting Healthier Lifestyles
  • Making health fun and learning through play, such as scavenger hunts and science experiments
  • Equipping children and families with the necessary information to make healthy decisions beyond school grounds
  • Developing lesson plans with a focus on health and wellbeing, such as cooking classes
  • Utilising existing features of school curricula, including entertainment and the arts, to promote healthy messages to students
  • Maximising community involvement in school-led initiatives and campaigns

Mr Anthony Mannix, Headteacher, Barlby Primary School (invited)


Case Study: Examining the Relationship Between Childhood Obesity and Mental Health
  • Interpreting the life-long impacts of poor psychological and emotional health during childhood and the relationship between obesity and body image
  • Supporting an anti-bullying culture and inspiring children with the confidence to be active members of society
  • Understanding the consequences of bullying during childhood and its links to increased feelings of shame, embarrassment and low self-esteem in adulthood
  • Taking a bold, proactive approach to building self-esteem and confidence during childhood through sport and other recreational activities, which promote active lifestyles irrespective of athletic ability
  • Collaborating with schools to deliver targeted PHSE lessons

Mr Marc Bush, Director of Evidence and Policy, YoungMinds (invited)


Questions and Answers Session
Lunch and Networking
Afternoon Keynote: Local Authorities Taking a Leadership Role to Develop a Collaborative Approach Across Community Based Services
  • Understanding the influential role played by local communities in determining attitudes towards our health and wellbeing
  • Taking responsibility for the quality of local enterprises to make healthier options more accessible to constituents
  • Increasing the presence of positive influences, such as community sport teams, in an attempt to counteract negative influences such as take away shops
  • Introducing the Trailblazer programme and reflecting on trends and beliefs identified during the discovery phase
  • Explaining how local authorities can support community services including schools and sport clubs, through campaigns and funding

Cllr Izzi Seccombe OBE, Chairman, Community Wellbeing Board, Local Government Association (invited)


Case Study: Developing Innovative Partnerships Between Local Authorities and Schools
  • Supporting and working with schools through initiatives such as Croydon’s Food Flagship Programme and Edible Playgrounds
  • Communicating with community based services, including health and education facilities, to strengthen programme delivery
  • Delivering effective training programmes to school staff so they are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to implement healthy food into school routines and curricula
  • Reflecting on failures and building resilience to preserve motivation for changemaking
  • How to make best use of funding and grants to ensure health initiatives are successfully implemented

Ms Laura Flanagan, School Improvement Officer, Croydon Council (invited)


Case Study: Implementing a Fun and Accessible Exercise Regime for Children
  • Explaining the Daily Mile: an initiative promoting social physical activity to school children where they run or jog for 15 minutes each school day
  • Overcoming funding barriers by making use of existing facilities, such as school grounds and parkland
  • Building confidence in children, irrespective of age, athletic ability or personal circumstances, to understand the benefits and enjoyment of regular physical activity and fitness
  • Designing and implementing the initiative into school routine across all year levels and dedicating a non-negotiable 15-minute window
  • Highlighting the benefits of creating a dedicated exercise regime, including improving children’s focus and attitude in the classroom

Mr Aaron Sumner, Headteacher, Hallfield Primary School (invited)


Questions and Answers Session
Refreshments and Networking
Case Study: Success, Building Resilience and Learning from Failures
  • Reflecting on the trajectory to success and taking an active approach to monitoring programme strengths and weaknesses in order to develop more comprehensive solutions
  • Developing healthy habits for life and empowering today’s children to be leaders in inspiring children of the future to lead healthy and active lives
  • Creating compelling campaigns with a strong sense of urgency
  • Expanding health service coverage to ensure overweight and obese children maintain a healthy lifestyle after they successfully complete weight-loss programs

Cllr Jos Saunders, Cabinet Member: Children and Families, Cheshire East Council (invited)


Training Session: Developing Positive, Successful Health Programmes and Maximising Longterm Impact
  • Working with schools and the NHS to develop strategies to encourage healthy eating with a focus on family involvement and mindful eating
  • Tackling stigma associated with obesity by ensuring all initiatives focus on sharing praise rather than blame and judgement
  • Creating long-lasting behavioural changes to improve family relationships with food and physical activity by starting conversations,
  • Linking childhood obesity with mental health and disease and mitigating the negative effects through early intervention and prevention measures

Ms Sian Livsey, Head of Training and Development, HENRY (invited)


Questions and Answers Session
Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change


Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be those working in local authorities, local enterprise partnerships and voluntary organisations promoting economic growth and development.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


Sponsorship and Exhibition

We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision makers across the local government sector
 Meet your target audience in the sector
 Listen and Learn from leading industry experts across the sector
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside industry leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss the available option please call 0203 961 5002 or email [email protected] 


Prices and Discount

Public Sector Rate:

  1.    £379
  2.    £349
  3. + £319

Private Sector Rate:

  1.    £550
  2. + £520

Voluntary Sector Rate:

  1.    £299
  2. + £269

Event Documentation: *If you can’t attend the event you can purchase the event documentation

Electronic – £99 Printed – £99

Group bookings: If you would like to make a group booking of 5 or more please call 0330 058 4285 to find out if we can offer any more discount.

*All prices are excluding VAT

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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