Latest All Island Obesity Newsletter now available
This edition for March/April is once again packed full with news, events, research updates and training opportunities. The first section contains information directly submitted by Forum members including a spotlight piece from the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) on the role of obesity in workplace illness and details of a recent presentation on health and wellbeing measures to reduce workplace sickness absence made to the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Finance and Personnel.
Four new publications on transport, health and environment to be launched in Paris
On the 14th to 16th April 2014, European ministries of transport, health and the environment are gathering in Paris to examine how innovative transport policies can create employment opportunities, along with healthier and greener societies under THE PEP (Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme). The report, ‘Unlocking new opportunities: jobs in green and healthy transport’ highlights that over 76,600 people would be employed in green and healthy transport every year and 10,000 lives would be saved if major European cities reached the cycling modal share of Copenhagen. For Ireland, the report shows that the potential number of additional jobs created in green and healthy transport would be 553 with 29 additional lives saved. For more on this report click the above link, or see below links to other publications.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland have released a new online tool to help get calories on menus
Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly today launched ‘MenuCal’, an online calorie calculator. The tool has been developed to address the food industry’s concern about the lack of the expertise and resources to accurately calculate calories for display on menus and the associated costs involved. MenuCal has been developed with the input of chefs, caterers and small business owners and is aimed at food businesses that wish to calculate calories for their menu. FSAI research shows an overwhelming demand and desire by consumers (96%) for displaying calories on menus and that nine out of ten consumers want calorie information displayed beside the price of food and drink items on the menu.
Abstract Call - ASOI 2014 Seminar ‘Stigma and Bias in Obesity’
The third annual ASOI Conference will be held on Wednesday May 7th 2014 in University of Ulster, Belfast. The Conference will address the important issues of ‘Stigma and Bias in Obesity’. ASOI now welcome submissions for abstracts for poster presentation for the conference on any aspect of obesity. Abstracts are welcome from clinicians, practitioners, academics, researchers, and students working in all fields of obesity. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is April 15th. The 2014 ASOI prize will be awarded at the end of the day for the best poster.
As part of the campaign to take on childhood obesity, Safefood is urging parents to ‘Bring Back Play’
4 out of 5 Irish children do not meet the physical activity guideline of being active for at least 60 minutes a day. The latest advertising for the Safefood campaign is emphasising the value of including physical activity whenever families can and that all activity adds up towards the recommended 60 minutes a day for children. The three year, all island campaign to take on childhood obesity is in partnership with the HSE and Healthy Ireland Framework in the Republic of Ireland and the ‘Fitter Futures for All’ Implementation Plan in Northern Ireland. The Campaign urges parents to make practical changes to everyday lifestyle habits which would make a big difference to their children’s future health and also reminds parents about the negative health impacts of excess weight in childhood and how this can impact on a child’s quality of life.
CMO raises concerns about the ‘normalisation’ of overweight in latest annual report
The Chief Medical Officer, Prof Dame Sally Davies has published her latest annual report on the state of the public’s health. Some of the main concerns raised in the report were on the normalisation of obesity, with estimates showing almost two thirds of adults and one third of children under 18 are overweight or obese, however many of these people fail to recognise this, identifying as ‘about the right weight’. Further related to obesity, the report also highlights the issue of active travel, and that more should be done to make walking and cycling safer, encouraging more people to travel this way and reap the health benefits.
New Census data shows number of London residents cycling to work has doubled in 10 years
The latest Census data released from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the number of people aged 16 to 74 living in London who cycled to work more than doubled between 2001 and 2011, from 77,000 to 155,000. The data also shows people were most likely to cycle if they lived in urban areas, and men were more likely to cycle to work than women. There were also substantial increases in many other large English and Welsh cities. However, the increase in cycling observed within major cities was not replicated across all parts of the country. The numbers cycling to work actually declined in over half (202 out of 348) of local authorities across England and Wales over the 2001 to 2011 period.
Have you seen the latest Health Well Knowledge Update?
The Health Well website is an authoritative source of health-related evidence, data and good practice across the island of Ireland, incorporating a number of thematic Hubs, including Obesity, Health Inequalities, Chronic Conditions and Fuel Poverty. The Knowledge Update highlights some recent examples of information resources added to the Health Well and each of its Hubs.
ASOI 2014 Seminar will look at the theme of ‘Stigma and Bias in Obesity’.
The next ASOI Seminar will be held on Wednesday May 7th 2014 in University of Ulster, Belfast. The Seminar will address the important issues of ‘Stigma and Bias in Obesity’. The programme will explore the development and prevalence of anti-fat attitudes, the physiological determinants of energy balance and behaviour, addressing stigma and bias in healthcare trainees and the healthcare setting. The programme will also include a patient’s perspective, how to tackle stigma and bias, and a practical workshop on reducing bias. The 2014 ASOI prize will be awarded at the end of the day for the poster presentation and the AGM will also take place at the end of the day.
Specialist short course ‘Activity Interventions in Tackling Long-Term Conditions’ now enrolling
Croí is a registered Irish heart & stroke charity dedicated to the fight against heart disease and stroke, with a special focus on the West of Ireland. The 'Croí Heart & Stroke Centre' provides a range of evidence-based programmes and interventions which are delivered under medical supervision and are specifically designed for those concerned about their heart health and general wellbeing. Croí are now enrolling for a 1-day expert-led training course for healthcare professionals on physical activity, exercise and health. The course takes place on Friday 11th April 2014 at the Croí Heart & Stroke Centre in Galway. To avail of early bird registration, book today.