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Council delivers at regional showcase event on obesity prevention

28 March 2017

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Public Health Nutritionist Dr Janice McConnell recently presented a paper at the Northern Obesity Partnership’s best practice and innovation showcase event at Mossley Mill.  The study, which focused on the development of a novel methodology for the collection of menu data by nursery staff for nutrient and food-based analyses, is one of several which will inform the development of Nutritious Nursery Nosh, an innovative intervention designed to improve the eating habits of 1-4 year olds at nursery. 

The Nutritious Nursery Nosh intervention, once evaluated, has the potential to be rolled out across Northern Ireland to support priorities under the Department Of Health, Social Services & Public Safety’s ‘A Fitter Future for All’ framework. Moreover, it is anticipated that the research undertaken to inform the intervention will contribute to the public health evidence base, which is currently lacking and ultimately impact both policy and practice.

Wendy Brolly, Health and Wellbeing Manager, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, commented ‘Dr McConnell’s role is unique to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. We are committed to supporting its integration at local and regional level and disseminating the findings of the pioneering research being undertaken for the benefit of our population’s health and wellbeing.’

As the only Public Health Nutritionist working within local government in Northern Ireland, Dr McConnell has successfully engaged with colleagues at both Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast, PHA and NHSCT to build the evidence and deliver interventions working at community, individual and environmental levels, with the aim of contributing to population health and wellbeing through nutrition.

For more information contact Dr Janice McConnell T. 028 9034 0174 or E. [email protected]

Dr Janice McConnell, Public Health Nutritionist, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council; Sabrina Lynn, Northern Obesity Partnership (NOP) Coordinator, NHSCT