Key Points
  • The impact of COVID 19 on Free School Meals, obesity and public policy
  • Policy, regulation and the school environment: up-scaling children's ability to make healthier decisions
  • Removing school hunger and achieving long term food security for children, young people and their families
  • The role of food education in improving nutrition for children
  • Tackling obesity in children and young people
  • Maternal health and early feeding needs of young children


Overview
Workshop Chair

Baroness Rosie Boycott, Food Campaigner, Activist, Writer, Trustee and Chair, Food Foundation/Feeding Britain and Veg Power

Workshop Speakers

  • Jason O'Rourke, Headteacher and Food Education Speaker, Washingborough Academy
  • Nathan Atkinson, Founder, Rethink Food
  • Anna Taylor, Executive Director, Food Foundation
  • Greta Defeyter, Professor in Developmental Psychology, University of Northumbria
  • Professor Marion Hetherington, Biopsychologist, University of Leeds


Westminster Insight’s Child Nutrition Digital Workshop will set out a road-map for improving child nutrition with a focus on dietary and nutritional consciousness, standards and education at home and at school. We will explore the impact of the pandemic, crisis levels of food insecurity and rising obesity in children and young people. Concerns about the nutritional health and dietary needs of children and young people are not new. The issue has been fast-tracked into the national consciousness by the COVID 19 pandemic, with the Marcus Rashford campaign providing a high-profile platform upon which activism for school-child access to food was aired.

Research from the British Nutrition Foundation shows that poor child nutrition leads to a host of avoidable non-communicable diseases, that can blight a child’s development,educational achievement, mental and physical health into adulthood. Potentially creating a ‘ticking time-bomb’ of a burden on the NHS.

This workshop will address these issues, provoke discussion, and equip participants with the knowledge and tools to head off this crisis within our schools and youth communities.


Agenda
Start

09:15 - 09:25
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Baroness Rosie Boycott Food Campaigner and Activist, Writer, Trustee & Chair, Food Foundation/Feeding Britain & Veg Power

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09:25 - 10:10
Nutrition in the Early Years:
Ensuring Children Get the Best Possible Start in Life

 
  • Understanding the impact of the mother’s health and diet before and during pregnancy on future health outcomes for the child
  • Exploring the importance of early feeding for longer term health
  • Promoting healthy eating in the early years: guidelines for a healthy diet
  • Educating parents on the dietary and nutritional needs of their children
9:55 - 10:10 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Professor Marion Hetherington Biopsychologist, University of Leeds

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10:10 - 10:55
Role of Food Education in Improving Nutrition for Children

 
  • Review of the current delivery of food education in the UK
  • What can be done to ensure the school environment supports health, wellbeing and learning about food?
  • Equipping children with the knowledge and skills to make healthier decisions as it regarding their education, life skills and health
10:40 - 10:55 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Jason O'Rourke Headteacher, Washingborough Academy

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10:55 - 11:40
Case Study: Food Security and Removing Hunger as a Barrier to Learning

 
  • Tackling school hunger and achieving long term food security and independence for children, young people and their families
  • Working with schools and businesses to give young people the opportunity to help us achieve a brighter and more sustainable future

Speakers

Nathan Atkinson Former Headteacher and Founder, Rethink Food

Top 50 Finalist in the Global Teacher Award 2017

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Greta Defeyter Professor in Developmental Psychology, University of Northumbria

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11:40 - 12:25
Nutrition, Deprivation, Inequality and Relevance to Public Health

 
  • Eating well as the foundation of equality and opportunity
  • The reverberating impact of covid-19 on nutrition
  • Child poverty and free school meal provision: Response on access to food for children and young people
  • The role of policy and food education for tackling obesity and the impact of inequality
  • The impact of unhealthy food marketing and advertisement as the norm
11:40 - 12:25 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Anna Taylor Executive Director,
Food Foundation

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12:25 - 12:30
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Baroness Rosie Boycott Food Campaigner and Activist, Writer, Trustee & Chair, Food Foundation/Feeding Britain & Veg Power

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Nathan Atkinson Former Headteacher and Founder, Rethink Food

Top 50 Finalist in the Global Teacher Award 2017

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Greta Defeyter Professor in Developmental Psychology, University of Northumbria

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Professor Marion Hetherington Biopsychologist, University of Leeds

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Jason O'Rourke Headteacher, Washingborough Academy

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Anna Taylor Executive Director,
Food Foundation

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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