16 May 2011
Shaping a ‘New PLANET’
Newcastle research in
PhysicaL Activity, Nutrition, Education and Translation
HMRI and the University of Newcastle Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity & Nutrition are holding a FREE Public Forum to improve the health of families, as part of the 2011 Hunter Central Coast Innovation Festival.
On Monday 16th May, the region’s leading researchers will come together to discuss innovative strategies to promote physical activity and healthier eating, helping to get our community back into shape!
Date: Monday 16th May
Time: 5:30pm, for 6pm start
Venue: Newcastle City Hall (Hunter Room), King Street Newcastle
This is a rare opportunity to gain access to the Hunter’s leading experts in physical activity, nutrition and education.
This is a free event, but seats are limited, so please register your attendance early!
Details of the presentation topics are below. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion where the researchers will be on hand to answer your questions.
Physical Activity for Population Health
Professor Ronald Plotnikoff
The promotion of physical activity across the population is imperative for the reduction of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other illnesses, along with the improvements in mental health. This presentation will provide strategies to promote physical activity in the community.
Professor Clare Collins
"You are what you eat!" and sometimes, you are what you are NOT eating. The research conducted by members of the Therapeutic Nutrition theme of the PRC in PAN examines the contribution of eating patterns to health and disease outcomes across various life stages from childhood, to pregnancy and older ages and across medical conditions including heart disease and diabetes. The research also asks whether we can believe what people tell us about what they eat. We use novel strategies to measure dietary biomarkers to come up with an answer as to how well people can estimate what they usually eat.
Associate Professor Philip Morgan
In Australia, obesity affects 70% of men, 55% of women and 25% of children and is thus a major public health issue. This presentation will describe some of the innovative and successful weight loss education programs we have developed that ‘target’ and are ‘tailored’ to different populations (such as men, women, fathers, mothers and children). Insights will be provided into successful weight loss strategies used by participants in our programs.
Clinical and Experimental Nutrition
Professor Manohar Garg
It is generally advised that people should obtain all essential nutrients by eating natural foods, but in reality it's not always possible, so supplements or functional foods are important alternatives. The research conducted by researchers in the Clinical and Experimental Nutrition theme of the PRC in PAN examines the role of dietary supplements and fortified foods in weight loss and maintenance, diabetes, asthma, mental health, heart disease and physical activity.
Professor Robin Callister
We’re designed for exercise, not for sitting! The exercise science research program of the PRC in PAN led by Professor Robin Callister is investigating the role of exercise in the prevention and treatment of many diseases including diabetes, asthma, mental health, obesity, stroke and other cardiovascular disease. Exercise training is also the key to successful sports performance, and we are investigating the effectiveness of different training programs and other influences such as choice of running shoe on performance, factors that affect injury risk, and the role of exercise in recovery from injury.
School-based Physical Activity and Nutrition
Dr David Lubans
Adolescence is an important time for establishing smart lifestyle choices that are often carried into adulthood. This presentation will describe the prevalence, benefits and consequences of physical activity and dietary behaviours and provide practical strategies to support adolescents' smart lifestyle choices.
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