Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

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Children’s food and nutrition in England - next steps for policy and industry practice on obesity prevention, innovation, and tackling inequalities

Morning, Monday, 11th May 2020



This conference will bring together key stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the way forward for policy and industry practice on children’s food and nutrition in England.

Delegates will discuss the future for policy under the new government in tackling child obesity and encouraging healthy and sustainable diets.

They will also assess the progress to date in meeting the target of halving England’s child obesity rates by 2030, including implementation of Chapter 3 of the Childhood Obesity Plan.

We also expect discussion on:


Confirmed speakers include: Tim Baker, Headteacher, Charlton Manor Primary School; Fran Bernhardt, Children’s Food Campaign Coordinator, Sustain; Stephen Forster, National Chair,The School Food People; Kate Halliwell, Head, UK Diet and Policy, Food and Drink Federation and Stephanie Wood, Founder and Charity Director, School Food Matters.

The chairs for this conference are: Baroness Jenkin of Kennington and Sharon Hodgson MP.

The agenda

  • Progress to date and implementing Chapter 3 of the Childhood Obesity Plan;
  • National Food Strategy and developing a food system that encourages healthy and sustainable diets;
  • Nutrition in early years and school - improving attitudes to food, and supporting children and families to achieve and maintain a healthy weight;
  • Prevention, identification, and management of obesity;
  • Innovative approaches to reducing childhood obesity and malnutrition:
    • Reducing inequality in access to healthy and nutritious food and helping at-risk groups;
    • Moving beyond the sugar reduction programme - reformulation and calorie labelling;
    • The out-of-home sector - creating healthier choices and supporting consumer choice; and
    • Working across primary care to provide community-based solutions to identifying malnutrition in the early years.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have already reserved places representing: DHSC, Defra and Food Standards Scotland.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Maggie Rae

President, Faculty of Public Health

Dr Maria Bryant

Associate Professor of Diet and Obesity, University of Leeds and Chair of The Association for the Study of Obesity

Professor Paul Gately

Professor of Exercise and Obesity, Leeds Beckett University and Chief Executive, MoreLife


Baroness Jenkin of Kennington

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity

Sharon Hodgson MP


Duncan Brown

Commercial Director, Shift

Stephanie Wood

Founder and Chief Executive, School Food Matters

Tim Baker

Headteacher, Charlton Manor Primary School

Kate Halliwell

Head, UK Diet and Policy, Food and Drink Federation

Dr Birgitta Rabe

Reader in Economics, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex

Stephen Forster

National Chair, The School Food People

Edward Woodall

Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Association of Convenience Stores

Fran Bernhardt

Children’s Food Campaign Coordinator, Sustain