Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar
Tackling obesity, reducing sugar consumption, and next steps for the Responsibility Deal
Dr Susan Jebb, Chair, Public Health Responsibility Deal Food Network, Department of Health; Andrea Martinez-Inchausti, Deputy Director of Food Policy, British Retail Consortium; Professor Monique Raats, Director, Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, University of Surrey and Advisor to SACN; Dr Alison Tedstone, Director of Nutrition and Healthy Food, Public Health England; Abdul Razzaq, Director of Public Health, NHS Trafford; Dr Josephine Sauvage, Vice Chair, Islington Clinical Commissioning Group and Professor Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes, NHS England.
Dr Alison Boyd, Sugar Nutrition UK; Sue Davies, Which?; Barbara Gallani, Food and Drink Federation; Professor Graham MacGregor, Action on Sugar; Dr Fiona McCullough, British Dietetic Association; Guy Parker, Advertising Standards Authority.
Luciana Berger MP, Shadow Minister for Public Health and Russell Brown MP, Shadow Minister for Scotland and Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Food and Drink Manufacturing Group
This event is CPD certified
Morning, Tuesday, 3rd February 2015
With the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) releasing its draft report on carbohydrates, and meeting to review the consultation at the end of February, this seminar will provide a timely opportunity to discuss priority challenges and opportunities for tackling obesity, and the key issues surrounding sugar consumption.
Delegates will discuss the impact of Public Health England’s proposals to widen restrictions on food advertising, plans to launch targeted sugar consumption campaigns, and challenges for ensuring that the obesity debate does not over-centralise around sugar.
Speakers will also examine the role of primary care in improving obesity outcomes, the rising cost of obesity related illnesses to the NHS, and potential changes to the approach of tackling obesity which will be detailed in the recently released NHS Five year Forward View.
Further areas for discussion include:
- Latest data on the impact of sugar consumption on public health issues and the NHS – with a keynote address from Public Health England;
- The future of voluntary agreements in improving health and wellbeing – with keynote addresses from Department of Health and the British Retail Consortium;
- Policy options for when high sugar foods are marketed in settings where TV is no longer the primary medium;
- Following proposals for nutrition campaigns aimed exclusively at teenagers, challenges for communicating with hard-to-reach groups;
- The latest policy recommendations for reducing obesity levels detailed by 2020 Health and the London Health Commission London Health Commission; and
- Priorities for health professionals in tackling obesity including clinical commissioning and primary care, and potential changes to the GP contract – with a keynote address from NHS England.
The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum.
We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Dr Susan Jebb, Chair, Public Health Responsibility Deal Food Network, Department of Health; Andrea Martinez-Inchausti, Deputy Director of Food Policy, British Retail Consortium; Professor Monique Raats, Director, Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, University of Surrey and Advisor to SACN; Dr Alison Tedstone, Director of Nutrition and Healthy Food, Public Health England; Abdul Razzaq, Director of Public Health, NHS Trafford; Dr Josephine Sauvage, Vice Chair, Islington Clinical Commissioning Group and Professor Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes, NHS England.
Further confirmed speakers include Dr Alison Boyd, Director, Sugar Nutrition UK; Sue Davies, Chief Policy Adviser, Which?; Barbara Gallani, Director of Regulation, Science & Health, Food and Drink Federation; Professor Graham MacGregor, Chairman, Action on Sugar; Dr Fiona McCullough, Honorary Secretary and Chair Elect, British Dietetic Association and Guy Parker, Chief Executive, Advertising Standards Authority.
Chairs: Luciana Berger MP, Shadow Minister for Public Health and Russell Brown MP, Shadow Minister for Scotland and Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Food and Drink Manufacturing Group.
Additional senior participants are being approached.
This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified (more details). Places have been reserved by officials from Defra, DFID and the DH. Also due to attend are representatives from AB Sugar; Abbott Nutrition; Advertising Standards Authority; Birmingham City Council; Brighton & Hove City Council; Britvic Soft Drinks; Buckingham Hospitals NHS Trust; Cereal Partners UK; City University London; Czarnikow Group; Derby Diverse Patients and Communities Health Network; Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation; Diabetes UK; Downham Nutrition Partnership; Enfield Council; Federation of Bakers; Food and Beverage Product Development; Ginsters; GLA; Heineken; Honeybuns; Institute of Food Research; Islington Clinical Commissioning Group; Kent Community Health Trust; Leatherhead Food Research; Lincolnshire County Council; London Metropolitan University; Lucozade Ribena Suntory; Luton Borough Council; MCC Catering Services; McCain Foods (GB); McCarrison Society; McDonald’s; Medimmune; NatCen Social Research; Nestlé UK & Ireland; NHS Health Scotland; Nourish Communication; Nuffield Health; PHE; Poupart; Public Health England; Public Health Nutrition Research; Rowett Institute of Nutrition & Health; SABMiller; Scottish Primary Care Research Network; T.G.I. Friday’s UK; The Good Eating Company; The Kids’ Cookery School; Thorntons; University College London; University of Cambridge; University of Central Lancashire; University of Sheffield; Volac; Waitrose; Westminster University; Whitby Seafoods; Wiltshire Council; Wm Morrison Supermarket; Wokingham Borough Council and Yum!.
Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Agra Europe; Chemist and Druggist; Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation; EU Food Policy; Food Manufacture; Network Health Dietitians; The Guardian and The Times.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group numbering around 150, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior officials from the DH and other relevant Departments, public health professionals, representatives of the food and drink industry, including manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers, local government officials, representatives of the dietetic and pharmaceutical industries, academics, charities and consumer groups, together with reporters from the national and trade press.
Output and About Us
A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 10 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at Defra, the DH, BIS and other government departments; officials at the Food and Environment Research Agency, Public Health England, NHS England, the CQC, NICE and other agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.
All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.
The Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum is strictly impartial and cross-party, and draws on the considerable support it receives from within Parliament and Government, and amongst the wider stakeholder community. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Forum events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition speakers and senior opinion-formers in industry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade press.
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