Policy Provocations 2016 - Shaping the City
Monday, 14 November 2016 from 18:00 to 20:00 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Obesity is a serious and growing problem for the children of Liverpool and across the UK. Obese children face a miserable future with increased risks of premature diabetes, cardiovascular disease, common cancers and dementia, costing the tax payer £27 billion while funding is cut dramatically. Despite a recent shift towards prevention and encouraging physical activity, obesogenic food environments continue to increase health inequalities. Devolution of the health budget could provide an opportunity to address the shortfall of the central Government's childhood obesity plan via local community initiatives that target the needs of the Liverpool City Region
The policy provocation asks: What can and should Liverpool be doing to position ourselves as trail blazers in driving health improvements for our children?
The Policy Provocation programme addresses the big policy challenges shaping our future and poses new approaches and solutions. Debates engage public audiences as well as senior decision makers.
Led by the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice at The University of Liverpool, the series brings together perspectives from leading international, UK and local thinkers to provide a platform for passionate public debate.
Professor Simon Capewell
Simon trained in general, respiratory and cardiovascular medicine in Newcastle, Cardiff, and Oxford, then in public health in Edinburgh and Glasgow. He was appointed as the first Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the University of Liverpool in 1999. Simon manages a research programme mainly involving cardiovascular disease (CVD) and food policy. Over three hundred peer-reviewed papers, many in top journals, and funding thus far totalling over £25 million. He enjoys facilitating multidisciplinary research teams, mentoring colleagues and writing papers and grant applications. His recent research includes programmes funded by MRC, NIH, NIHR, EU & BHF examining: i) why CVD death rates have recently plummeted in the USA , UK, Poland & elsewhere, and why CVD rates are increasing in China and many other developing countries, and ii) the development of effective and cost-saving CVD prevention strategies in high, middle and low income countries (majoring on healthy food policies, and using quantitative modelling, policy analyses and empirical evidence). Simon is Vice President (Policy) for the UK Faculty of Public Health and previous President of the Society for Social Medicine. He is also a Trustee for the FPH, for the UK Health Forum, and for Heart of Mersey regional CVD prevention charity. He enjoys contributing to policy development and service work. He has recently chaired/participated in a dozen national /international policy and prevention committees, including Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (Obesity), Obesity Health Alliance, British Heart Foundation, NICE (CVD prevention), UK Faculty of Public Health, European Society of Cardiology and WHO.
Dr Emma Boyland
Dr Emma Boyland is a Lecturer in Appetite and Obesity at the University of Liverpool. She is also a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Network for World Obesity and a Trustee of the UK Association for the Study of Obesity. Her research focuses on children’s consumptive responses to food marketing, and she seeks to increase understanding of both the impact of food marketing and the mechanism through which it affects eating behaviours. She has published 40 journal articles and 6 book chapters to date, as well as over 30 conference abstracts. Her work has been funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Council, and the National Institute for Health Research. She was recently called as an expert witness for the UK Health Select Committee enquiry into childhood obesity.
Councillor Tim Beaumont
Tim Beaumont moved to Liverpool 25 years ago to study at Liverpool university. He liked it so much that he stayed on to complete a PhD researching stress in fish - which turned out to be ideal preparation for involvement in local politics. He was first elected to represent Picton ward in 2010 and was reelected in 2014. He's currently the mayoral lead for well being - a position that focuses on the key public health issues in Liverpool. He also is responsible for championing cycling in and around the city. He is married with four children and lives near Penny Lane.
Professor Amandine Garde
Amandine Garde is Professor of Law at the University of Liverpool in the UK. Her research interests lie in the fields of Trade, Consumer, Advertising, European Union and Public Health Law. In particular, she has developed an expertise on the legal aspects of obesity prevention and other NCD risk factors. Her book EU Law and Obesity Prevention (Kluwer Law International, 2010) is the first to offer a critical analysis of the EU’s Obesity Prevention Strategy, and she is co-editor (with Alberto Alemanno) of Regulating Lifestyle Risks: the EU, Alcohol, Tobacco and Unhealthy Diets (Cambridge University Press, 2015). She is the author of several reports on food marketing to children and NCD prevention, and she has developed several training courses on the role of legal instruments in the prevention of NCDs for, among others, the WHO. She was a member of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Science and Evidence to the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. She regularly advises a broad range of international organizations, NGOs and governments worldwide. She is the founder and director of the new Law and NCD Research Unit at the University of Liverpool. Before moving to Liverpool, she lectured at King's College London (where she obtained her PhD), at the Faculty of Law in Cambridge (where she was also a Fellow of Selwyn College), at the University of Exeter and at the University of Durham. She spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the European University Institute in Florence in 2005-2006 and is a qualified solicitor.
Robin Ireland is Chief Executive of the Health Equalities Group (HEG). This comprises of Heart of Mersey and its social enterprises, HM Partnerships and the European Healthy Stadia Network. Heart of Mersey was established in 2003 and is an internationally-recognised heart health charity based in Liverpool. The charity advocates for policies at local, national and international levels which enable healthier lifestyles. HEG has developed a range of innovative healthy lifestyle programmes in North West England and across Europe including pre-school nutrition projects, smoke free interventions in a variety of settings and leading work around obesity. Robin is Director of Food Active, a healthy weight campaign established by the North West Directors of Public Health in 2013, and is a Board member of Liverpool Food People, a Sustainable Food Cities initiative. Robin also helped establish the Healthy Stadia programme in 2005 and is now a Director of the European Healthy Stadia Network. Robin is regularly called upon by the media for comment on food and tobacco related stories. Robin gained his Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Liverpool in 2007. He was elected Member of the Faculty of Public Health through Distinction in 2015.
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