May 29
Preventing obesity in the population

How to prevent obesity at a population level will be the topic of discussion in Dubbo next month. A free Healthy Weight Research Update, open to anybody with a professional interest in this issue, will be held on Thursday June 14.

The keynote speaker will be Lesley King, a world class researcher from the Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Research Group (PANORG) at Sydney University. As well as presenting the latest evidence on what works to prevent obesity, Ms King will also discuss data from NSW schools, as she is responsible for analysing the results from the 2010 SPANS (School Physical Activity and Nutrition Surveys).

“Obviously, obesity prevention relies on healthy eating and adequate exercise, but the big challenge is how to encourage and support these key points at a population level, instead of only expecting individuals to make changes,” stated Health Promotion Officer Kerry Smith, one of the Update organisers.

“Supportive environments like walking and cycling tracks and policy changes like healthy school canteens are ways of helping everyone avoid the difficult problem of trying to lose weight later,” Ms Smith said.

At the Research Update the Western NSW Local Health District will briefly showcase healthy weight and physical activity projects being rolled out by the Health Promotion Team from Population Health. They will also outline the expansion of exciting work involved in the Federal Government funded Healthy Children’s Initiative.

Health, education, childcare, fitness or community workers or managers who are interested in promoting healthy weight and physical activity at a population level are all invited to attend the day.

Contact Kerry Smith on 6850 2277 or Kerry.Smith@gwahs.health.nsw.gov.au for registration details. There is no registration cost and lunch will be provided.

 

Media Contact

For more information please contact Health Promotion Officer Kerry Smith Ph 6850 2277 or Mob 0449 744 679