Weigh to Men's Health

Men's Health Week logo This event is now over-Workshop report and event presentations are available below.

Weigh to Men's Health' was hosted by the all island Obesity Action Forum, supported by safefood and the Ulster Cancer Foundation.

The event was held in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast with a focus on men's health, stressing that excess weight is a men's health issue that needs to be recognised by men and health practitioners. Keynote speakers included Professor Hugh McKenna from the 
University of Ulster, Professor Alan White from Leeds Metropolitan University and a real life case study from Ronan Scully one the five leaders on RTE's Operation Transformation.

The event also showcased the Ulster Cancer Foundation's Man Alive project, the Man Van, a unique mobile unit which is bringing life saving messages and health checks to men in rural areas of Northern Ireland. Delegates were invited to tour the van which provides men with blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose tests, and advice on healthier lifestyle choices and preventable health problems.

Workshop Programme


Time Programme
10am - 10.30am Registration
10.30am - 10.40

Welcome and setting the scene

Dr Marian Faughnan, safefood

Roisin Foster, Ulster Cancer Foundation

10.40am - 11.30am

Session 1: Engaging men with their weight

Quick Fit Answer Man Alive project in association with BT

Peter Morris, BT

Naomi Thompson, Ulster Cancer Foundation

Research into Local People's Behaviours

Professor Hugh Mc Kenna, University of Ulster

Perspectives on research and policy on weight loss and obesity in men's health

Dr Noel Richardson, Carlow Institute of Technology

Non-trational appraoches in tackling male weight problems

Professor Alan White, Leeds Metropolitan University

11.30am - 11.50am

Session 2: Putting policy into practice

Dr Tracy Owen, Public Health Agency

Dr Nazih Eldin, Health Service Executive

11.50am - 12.30pm Roundtable discussions and question formulation with tea and coffee
12.30pm - 12.50pm Panel Discussion
12.50pm - 1.00pm

Session 3: Real life experiences

Ronan Scully from RTE's Operation Transformation

1.00pm - 1.05pm

Closing remarks

Gerry Mc Elwee, Ulster Cancer Foundation

1.05pm - 2.00pm

Lunch and networking

Showcasing the Man Alive project