School food programme: Improvement of diet quality?

15 September 2015, 8.30 AM - 15 September 2015, 2.00 PM

University of Bristol, Room G13/14, Bristol Life Sciences Building, 24 Tyndall Avenue, BS8 1TQ

Elizabeth Blackwell Institute workshop:

School food programme: Improvement of diet quality?

Academic Lead: Dr Sibylle Kranz, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol

15 September 2015, 8:30 – 14:00, University of Bristol, Room G13/14, Bristol Life Sciences Building, 24 Tyndall Avenue, BS8 1TQ

Government-regulated school food programmes (School meals: healthy eating standards) were implemented to change children’s food environment and improve diet quality to reduce the risk of diet-related chronic diseases.  However, experiences from other countries indicate that school food programs may not improve child nutrition, unless healthy choices are offered and effective measures to guide children’s food choices and increase food acceptance are in place.  To date, there is lack of research on effective venues to improve children’s diet quality through school nutrition.

This workshop is designed to bring together parties with research interests in child nutrition and children’s dietary intake behaviour. The aim of the workshop is to serve as “think tank” to build strong collaborations between researchers and the community to pursue multi-disciplinary, cutting-edge research that will put the University of Bristol in the centre of the discussions on the new school food programmes.

Registration is now open and will close at 17.00 on 8 September 2015

Participation in this workshop is open to all University of Bristol staff. We especially welcome participation from non-academic groups, i.e. from schools, NHS, industry, community and parents groups, and others.

Participation in this event is free: to register please email indicating your affiliation. If you are not a member of the University of Bristol, please let us know your parking requirements in advance. Free refreshments throughout the event and lunch will be provided.


Provisional programme

08:30 - 09:00 Registration and coffee
09:00 - 09:05 Welcome: Nina Couzin, Elizabeth Blackwell Institute
09:05 - 09:15 Introduction and aims of the workshop: Sibylle Kranz, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol
09:15 - 10:10 Plenary session:
09:15 - 09:40 School food, politics, and the need for evidence: Michael Nelson, Director of Public Health Nutrition Research Ltd., Emeritus Reader in Public Health Nutrition, King’s College London
09:40 - 10:00 Early exposure to healthy foods and lessons learned from school experience: Marion Hetherington, Professor of Biopsychology, University of Leeds
10:00 - 10:10 Discussion
10:10 - 10:30 Research at the University of Bristol:
1) Development of food preferences: Jeff Brunstrom, Nutrition and Behaviour, University of Bristol
2) Motivation to eat, hunger and satiety: Peter Rogers, Professor of Biological Psychology, University of Bristol
3) Food and cognition: Kasia Kordas, Head of Epidemiological Research, ALSPAC
4) School food as a means to promote equity: Patricia Lucas, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol
10:30 - 10:50 Coffee break
10:50 - 11:30 Improving school food: public health and schools experience
10:50 - 11:00 Improving school food quality as part of a whole school approach to good food culture: Amanda Donnelly, National Development Manager – Public Health
11:00 - 11:10 Mayor's Award for Excellence as a Health Improving School - Showcasing Food in School at Southville Primary: Hayley Hayes, Healthy Schools Lead, Southville Primary School
11:10 - 11:25 Feeding the imagination: child led experimental cookery: Elizabeth Carruthers, Executive Head, Redcliffe Nursery School, Children's Centre, Bristol, winner of the BBC ‘Local Food Hero’ award 2014; and Jo Ingleby, Chef at the Redcliffe Children's Centre in Bristol, winner of the BBC Cook of the Year Award 2015
11:25 - 11:30 Summary of the main points/questions/challenges from the three presentations
11:30 - 12:00 Breakout sessions and discussion
12:00 - 12:10 Break
12:10 - 12:40 Discussion and shortlisting of the main challenges
12:40 - 12:45 Summary and next steps: Sibylle Kranz
12:45 - 14:00 Working lunch and informal discussion
14:00 Workshop ends


Edit this page