All-island Obesity Action Forum: Reformulating our obesogenic environment

A workshop hosted by the All-island Obesity Action Forum supported by safefood, the Association for the Study of Obesity on the Island of Ireland and the Association for the Study of Obesity (UK) Northern Ireland Network.

Date: Tuesday 13 November, 2018

Time: 10.00am – 1.30pm

Venue: The Richmond Education and Event Centre, No. 1 North Brunswick Street, Dublin

Event overview

The event highlighted how reformulating our obesogenic environments can create positive behaviours to promote a healthy weight. We discussed current reformulation strategies to improve the food environment and explore how our environments can be changed to encourage people to be more physically active.

Guest speakers included Dr Barry Lamb from Waterford IT who discussed how we have engineered physical activity out our everyday lives. While some progress has been made to increase opportunities for recreational activity there has been a reduction in physical activity in other areas of our lives. Dr Lamb outlined what we need to consider to reduce these trends. Associate Professor Eileen Gibney, from University College Dublin gave an overview of the benefits and challenges of food fortification. Dr Claire Cleland from QUB shared her research findings into the impact that environmental restructuring can have on our health and wellbeing. Dr Celine Murrin from UCD provided a case study about their initiative to remove fizzy drinks from campus.





9.00am – 10.00am

Registration with tea & coffee


10.00am – 10.10am

Welcome & overview

Dr Marian O’Reilly, safefood

10.10am – 11.30am

Session 1

Chair: Dr Cathy Breen, ASOI

10.10am – 10.50am

Back to the future; re-engineering activity and movement back into our lives (PDF, 3MB)

Dr Barry Lambe, Waterford Institute of Technology

10.50am – 11.30am

Challenges and Opportunities for Food Reformulation (PDF, 2MB)

Assoc Prof Eileen Gibney, University College Dublin

11.30am – 11.50am



11.50am – 1.00pm

Session 2

Chair: Ms Caroline McGirr, ASOUK

11.50am – 12.10pm

Can we change the food environment? Removing sugar sweetened beverages from university campus. (PDF, 2MB)

Dr Celine Murrin, University College Dublin

12.10pm – 12.30pm

Physical activity and the environment: the impact and subsequent restructuring.

Dr Claire Cleland, Centre for Public Health, Queens University Belfast

12.30pm – 12.55pm

Questions & discussion

Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, safefood

12.55pm – 1.00pm

Closing remarks

Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, safefood

1.00pm – 1.30pm

Lunch & networking


Find out more

For more information about this event:


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