World Obesity Live - Obesity, COVID-19 and food systems: collective action for a healthy recovery

Jul 10, 2020

Training & EventsEventsWorld Obesity Live - Obesity, COVID-19 and food systems: collective action for a healthy recovery

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the World Obesity Federation and colleagues have launched a series of webinars on COVID-19 and obesity.

To date, the webinar series has explored the evidence for the worsening of COVID-19 symptoms amongst people with obesity, the impact of COVID-19 on the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, telemedicine innovations, and national policy responses.

Building on the success of previous World Obesity Live events, this interactive webinar, delivered in partnership with the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, will take a step back and look at obesity and COVID-19 in the wider context of food systems. We will consider how local and global food environments have been impacted by COVID-19, and the importance of food systems in ensuring a healthy recovery for people and planet.


Objectives

  • To bring together participants from the health, nutrition, food and climate communities at this moment of potential opportunity to transform future trajectories and accelerate progress action in all agendas.
  • To discuss the priority win-win-win actions needed across food, heath and climate sectors for a healthy recovery; for example, policies that simultaneously reduce the risk of malnutrition, climate change and COVID-19.
  • To introduce and discuss a new narrative for collective advocacy and action, based on the recently published GA narrative on Food Systems Transformation: Promoting Human, Ecological and Animal Health & Well-being.

Pre-reading

  1. World Obesity’s COVID-19 and obesity dossier 
  2. The Global Syndemic of obesity, undernutrition and climate change policy brief  
  3. Unravelling the food-health nexus report (by Global Alliance and IPES-Food)
  4. Global Alliance’s food-health narrative 

Agenda

14:30     Welcome and introduction

  • Professor Corinna Hawkes, Director of the Centre for Food Policy at City University, UK

14:40     Impacts of COVID-19 on global nutrition and food system goals

  • Opportunities to create resilient food systems
  • Nancy Aberto, Deputy Director of Nutrition and Food Systems Division, FAO

14:50     Overview of the Global Syndemic and the implications of COVID-19

  • Opportunities for win-win-win actions towards a healthy recovery
  • William Dietz, Director of Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, Professor at GWU, Co-chair of the Lancet Commission on Obesity

15:00     Q&A

15:10     Introduction to the Global Alliance and its new food-health narrative

  • Ruth Richardson, Executive Director, Global Alliance for the Future of Food

15:15     Panel discussion with case studies from China, Rwanda and US

  • How has COVID-19 impacted action at local level?
  • What is the importance of a collective global narrative in the COVID-19 healthy recovery?

15:45     Q&A


15:55     Wrap and call to action by chairs


16:00     Close

Speakers

  • Chair: Professor Corinna Hawkes, Director of the Centre for Food Policy at City University, UK
  • Nancy Aberto, Deputy Director of Nutrition and Food Systems Division, FAO
  • William Dietz - Director of Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, Professor at GWU, Co-chair of the Lancet Commission on Obesity, US

Panel session

  • Moderator: Ruth Richardson, Executive Director, Global Alliance for the Future of Food
  • Panellist: Paula Daniels, Co-Founder, Chief of What’s Next, and Chair of the Board, Center for Good Food Purchasing, US
  • Panellist: Solomon Makuza, Executive Director, Gardens for Health International, Rwanda
  • Panellist: Dr Shi Yan, Director, Shared Harvest Farm, China

Register for our webinar

Register for our World Obesity webinar 'Obesity, COVID-19 and food systems: collective action for a healthy recovery' on the 10th July at 14:30-16:00 BST.

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