Paediatric Specialist Group


An interconnected approach to challenge childhood obesity

hosted by Public Health Specialist Group and Paediatric Specialist Group


The importance of Early Intervention

Dr Julie Lanigan RD PhD, Principal Research Associate, Paediatric Specialist Group of the BDA and Honorary Specialist Dietitian, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust

Most obesity is established early, before the age of 5 years and is likely to track through childhood and into adult life. Therefore, early intervention is needed. However, evidence is lacking and the best management approach is uncertain. This session reviews current evidence and considers interventions for prevention and treatment of obesity in early life.

A whole school approach to healthy eating

Pip Collings, Public Health Dietitian, Public Health Nutrition Network

This presentation gives an overview of a whole school intervention to improve the lunch choices of primary school children. Engaging with all stakeholders and building relationships is central to this year long intervention, and practical tips on how to do this will be given.


An interconnected approach to challenge childhood obesity. Using a practical scenario. We will explore how to develop a successful healthy lifestyles intervention, looking at the big picture and how to link together all relevant agencies.

In this workshop we will look at all aspects of setting up a new programme covering: marketing; recruitment; targeting; outcome measures; evaluation; follow up and dissemination. Working with delegates, representatives from the groups will work on quick ideas for each element of the programme and focus on one in more detail.

Facilitated by Pip Collings, Sarah Bowyer, Kirsten Whitehead, Julie Lanigan and Jessica Williams

The session will be held on Thursday 17th March

To book attend the Paediatric Session click here

Paediatric Specialist Group are one of the BDA’s 17 Specialist Groups currently chaired by Jessica Williams. Details on the Group are on the BDA Website

Group Profile 

The Paediatric group membership is made up of BDA members who are Paediatric Dietitians and who work within a paediatric setting.

The BDA Paediatric specialist group aims are to:

  • provide a communication network for paediatric dietitians;
  • act as an information resource for dietitians and other health professionals;
  • promote paediatric dietetic education at undergraduate and post graduate levels.

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