The first in a series of regional ‘roadshow’ presentations on healthy weight in childhood was held by the South Island Child Health Service Level Alliance in Nelson at the end of February.
Targeting health professionals, managers, and stakeholders, the event focused on the Alliance’s healthy weight in childhood programme and introduced the South Island Child health Alliance’s healthy weight in childhood Clinical Advisory Group. The meeting also covered the Ministry of Health’s new childhood obesity target; what the target means for health professionals and what is currently being planned for South Island DHBs to meet the target.
The event also included information about the South Island’s Triple P Healthy Lifestyle Group intervention trial, which will be a New Zealand first, and the reasons for its selection.
Speakers were Professor Barry Taylor (paediatrician, Dunedin), Dr Melissa Kerdemelidis (public health physician), child and youth portfolio manager Wayne Turp (both from Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards), and South Island Alliance Child Health Workstream facilitator, Jane Haughey.
The event was attended by almost 50 people. “This number includes 25 who attended the presentation in person and a number from Wairau who were able to attend via video conference, which was fantastic,” said Jane Haughey.
“A question and answer session was held after the hour-long presentation and we received a range of positive feedback from attendees, who all said they found the information of great interest. We look forward to bringing the event to the rest of the South Island.”
Further regional ‘roadshows’ around the South Island healthy childhood weight plan will be held in March and April 2016.
View the presentation information here