All-island Obesity Action Forum meeting

Date: Tuesday 17 June, 2014

Venue: Stormont Hotel, Belfast

Time: 9.30am - 1.30pm

Maternal obesity

A workshop hosted by the All-island Obesity Action Forum and supported by safefood

Aim of the Workshop

This event will focus on maternal obesity and specifically highlight the implications of maternal obesity and current interventions on the island of Ireland. Recent research on physical activity and pregnancy will also be presented and we will get a midwifery insight into the current challenges of maternal obesity from a practical perspective.

Who should attend?

The event will be of interest to those working in obesity related or maternal health settings in the voluntary community sector, academia, industry and government departments and government agencies.





9.30 - 10.00 Registration with tea and coffee  
10.00 - 10.10 Welcome by safefood

Cliodhna Foley-Nolan


10.10 - 11.20 Session 1

Chair: Tracy Owens

Consultant in Public Health Medicine, PHA.
10.10 - 10.35 Setting the Scene. Implications of maternal obesity

Professor Michael Turner

Director of the National Programme for obstetrics and gynaecology & UCD Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital.
Two interventions on the island of Ireland
10.40 - 11.00 Weigh to a Healthy Pregnancy (NI)

Ms Janet Calvert

Health and Wellbeing Improvement Manager, Public Health Agency.
11.00 - 11.20 Lifestyle interventions to improve pregnancy outcome (ROI)

Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe

Head of Women’s and Children’s Health, UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science, and Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, at the National Maternity Hospital.
11.20 - 11.40 Tea / coffee break and networking  
11.40 - 13.00 Session 2

Chair: Nazih Eldin

Head of Health Promotion Dublin North East / National Lead on Obesity, HSE.
11.45 - 12.05 Insight ‘on the ground’

Ms Rebecca Scott-Pillai

Team midwife in Lagan Valley Hospital Maternity.
12.05 - 12.25 Physical activity and pregnancy

Dr Mary Brown

University of Ulster.
12.35 - 12.55 Panel discussion  
12.45 - 12.55 Launch of ‘Attitudes of the Irish Public towards policies to address obesity’

Dr Mary McCarthy

University College Cork.

12.55 - 13.00 Closing remarks Cliodhna Foley-Nolan
13.00 - 13.30 Lunch and networking  
13.30 - 15.30 Closed forum meeting  

How to register?

To register for this FREE event please fill in the form below. Places will be limited so early booking is recommended.

Registration is now closed.


Stormont Hotel, Belfast