All-island Obesity Action Forum: Schools can, schools do

Date: Tuesday 14 November, 2017

Time: 9.00am – 1.30pm

Venue: The Gibson Hotel, Dublin 1

A workshop hosted by the All-island Obesity Action Forum supported by safefood.

Programme overview

The event will focus on the school as a setting for promoting a healthy weight in children. Schools play an important role in shaping the lives of our children and they provide a unique opportunity to shape their health.

The event will welcome a range of national and international speakers including keynote speaker Jo Jewell from the World Health Organization. 

Who should attend?

This event will be of interest to those working in education, voluntary community sector, academia, medical and clinical areas, industry and government departments.

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For more information about this event:


Call: (NI) 0800 085 1683, (ROI) 1850 40 4567





9.00am – 10.00am

Registration with tea & coffee

10.00am – 10.10am


Mr Ray Dolan


10.10am - 11.30am Session 1 Chair: Professor Donal O'Shea

10.10am – 10.50am

The challenge of overweight and obesity in children and the role of health promoting schools - a European perspective (YouTube)

Jo Jewell

World Health Organization (by video conference)

10.50am – 11.10am

Development of Food in Schools for Northern Ireland (PDF, 1MB) 

Janet McAlister

Catering Manager, Education Authority NI and member of Food in Schools Forum​

11.10am – 11.30am

Preventing overweight and obesity in children, the vital role of physical activity: Lessons learned and implications for the Healthy Ireland Demonstration Project

Prof Catherine B Woods

University of Limerick

11.30am – 11.50am


11.50am -  1.00pm

Session 2 Chair: Dr Grace O'Malley

11.50am – 12.10pm

Marketing of food and drink to children. Can media literacy counter it? (PDF, 7MB)

Dr Mimi Tatlow-Golden

The Open University

12.10pm – 12.30pm

Whole school food policy development within Health Promoting Schools - what can our schools do to promote treats? (PDF, 2MB)

Anne Walsh

Department of Health Promotion and Improvement, HSE

12.30pm – 12.55pm

Questions & discussion

12.55pm – 1.00pm

Closing remarks

Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan


1.00pm – 1.30pm

Lunch & networking