All-island Obesity Action Forum: Health and Technology

Date: Tuesday 14 June, 2016

Time: 9:30 am

Venue: The MAC Theatre, Belfast

Programme overview

This event will focus on current interventions that been developed using technology to aid behaviour change and reduce obesity. The event will host a range of national and international speakers who will present on innovative technologies designed to track, engage, monitor and change behaviour. We will be joined by video link by Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu who leads the Nutrition Research Programme at the University of Auckland.

Who should attend?

This event will be of interest to those working in obesity related areas in the voluntary community sector, academia, industry and government departments as well as those interested in the use of technology to improve health.

Delegate numbers will be restricted due to venue capacity. Early booking is recommended. We will be running a waiting list for this event, so if you are unable to attend we would be grateful if you could let us know as soon as possible.


Time Programme Speaker
9:30-10:00 Registration with tea & coffee  
10:00-10:10 Welcome by safefood

Mr Ray Dolan,

Chief Executive,


10:00-10:10​ Session 1  Chair: Ray Dolan
10:10-10:50 The use of technology to improve population health (PDF, 5MB)

Prof Cliona Ni Mhurchu,

University of Auckland 
10:50-11:10 The use of a smart phone app to support lifestyle changes in pregnancy – the PEARS randomised controlled trial

Prof Fionnula McAuliffe,

University College Dublin

11:10–11:30 Physical Activity Loyalty Scheme (PDF, 4MB)

Dr Ruth Hunter,

Queen’s University Belfast 

11:30-11:50 Break  
11:50-13:00 Session 2 Chair: Ray Dolan
11:50-12:10 The role of in-game challenges, rewards and choices for long-term motivation to improve obesity-related health behaviours in adolescents

Dr Laura Condon,

University of Nottingham 

12:10-12:30 Take it slow: can feedback from a smart fork reduce eating speed?

Dr Roel Hermans,

Radboud University 

12:30-12:50 Using technology to assess sedentary behaviour in older adults and the use of self-tracking tools for behaviour change. (PDF, 2MB)

Dr Manon Dontje

Glasgow Caledonian University

12:50 Closing remarks Mr Ray Dolan, safefood
13:00-1:30 Lunch and networking  
13:30-15:30 Closed forum meeting