Free event to promote healthy eating

21 Jan 2020 11:02
Published by: Kian French

Have you ever wondered about the links between what you eat and how you feel? How your diet influences your own and your family's health?

If so, then a free event taking place at the University of Central Lancashire's (UCLan) Preston Campus on Thursday 20 February is for you.

The National Forum for Health and Wellbeing (NFHW), the organisation behind the popular annual Preston Health Mela, has enlisted the support of UCLan's School of Medicine and the Creative Communities Group, and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LTHTR), to present an exciting interactive conference where you can bring yourself up-to-date with cutting-edge thinking on the important themes of nutrition and health.

An array of experts will cover the topics of diet and nutrition for healthy life and ageing, food allergies, childhood obesity and maternal nutrition and life style.

Commenting on the event, UCLan Pro Vice-chancellor (Clinical Health and Research) Professor St John Crean said: "UCLan is delighted to contribute and support this public engagement project. We are committed to ensuring populations remain updated and inspired to ensure health remains at the forefront of all life decisions."

Professor Romesh Gupta OBE, Chair of the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing and UCLan Honorary Professor, said: "Partnership working has always been at the heart of the NFHW and we specialise in helping local communities to take greater responsibility for protecting and managing their own health. We see the public seminars as a great opportunity to work collaboratively with the University, the Medical School, the Creative Communities Group, leading clinicians and specialists and members of the general public."

Dr Pappachan Joseph, Consultant in Metabolic Medicine and Endocrinologist at LTHTR, will outline how choices in diet and nutrition can contribute to a healthy life and wellbeing both now and as we get older while Dr Pavaladurai Vijaydurai and Dr Ariharan Anantharachagan, Consultant Clinical Immunologists at LTHTR, will describe how food allergies can be identified and managed.

Dr Omolola Ayoola, Consultant Paediatrician and Endocrinologist at LTHTR, will address issues of childhood obesity and strategies for tackling this epidemic, while Dr Victoria Moran, Associate Professor of Maternal and Child Nutrition at UCLan, will focus on maternal nutrition and lifestyle with reference to gestational diabetes.

After the presentations, you will be invited to join a group based on one of the four topics for questions and detailed discussion with the speaker(s) concerned.

The event takes place between 4:30pm and 6:30pm in UCLan's Greenbank Lecture Theatre. Free parking on University car parks is available along with free refreshments.

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