The first ABS Learning and Development event, co-hosted by the Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP), was held on the 1st - 2nd March 2016 with a focus on diet and nutrition. 

It was a fantastic event with inspiring and informative presentations and plenty of networking happening between the ABS partnership areas.  

An overview of the day is provided below including links to the presentation slides.  The whole day was filmed so you will also soon be able to listen and see the full presentations as they happened.

Day 1- 1st March 2016

  • Day 1 was opened by Helen – Charlesworth May from Lambeth Council and co-chair of the LEAP Partnership.  Chris Cuthbert from the Big Lottery Fund then introduced the ABS Development Support Programme and gave an overview of the day.
  • Dr Helen Crawley from 1st Steps Nutrition gave a comprehensive presentation on current recommendations and advice in promoting a healthy diet during pregnancy and the early years - the presentation is available in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2.  Helen covered significant ground in her presentation covering the key guidelines, schemes and initiatives on diet and nutrition for children and families.  This included current health issues and dietary advice given to pregnant women, an introduction to the Unicef Code and Baby Friendly Initiative and highlighted the resources available to professionals and parents around feeding babies and toddlers.
  • We were privileged to have Eustace de Sousa from Public Health England provided an overview of issues around obesity in children.  This included data on the prevalence of obesity as well as the current situation in respect of physical activity and oral health for under 5s. He then provided an overview of the relevant priorities and actions for PHE.

  • Prof Yvonne Kelly from UCL provided a fascinating presentation on why poorer children are at a higher risk of obesity. Bringing together existing research and some unpublished analysis Yvonne outlined the relevant key risk factors and markers.
  • The final presentation of Day 1 was from Michael Hallsworth of the Behavioural Insights Team who introduced the concept of behavioural insights and provided several frameworks to guide the development of interventions that are based on behavioural insights.

Day 2 – 2nd March 2016

  • Day 2 began with a fascinating presentation by Jane Lewis, an Implementation Science Specialist.  She provided an introduction to Implementation Science and summarised the critical lessons from the science, including the stages of effective implementation, how to implement innovation and the drivers for implementation. Implementation in the context of Systems Change was also considered.
  • Dr Carmen Lefevre, UCL provided an introduction to behaviour change principles and specifically outlined the behaviour change wheel which supports the design of interventions which seek to change behaviour.

  • The final session of the day focused on findings from the rapid evidence review conducted by Celia Suppiah and Jenny McLeish, Parents 1st on the theme of volunteering in A Better Start.

Bringing together the research and materials presented at the event we have compiled a comprehensive list of resources, publications and research on diet and nutrition.