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Food & Health - ensuring we have the biggest impact

Start date 11/17/2009 | End date 11/17/2009
Where is this happening? Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS

This year's Food & Health Alliance's annual conference is on Tuesday 17 November 2009 at the Edinburgh Conference Centre.


The focus of our third conference is the food and health aspects of Recipe for Success – Scotland’s National Food & Drink Policy.

The conference is an opportunity to:

  • Understand the National Food & Drink Policy future actions and how progress will be monitored
  • Learn about key stakeholders’ work plans for implementing this policy 
  • Discuss food and health outputs that are achievable and how do we record these
  • Network and exchange information about projects

Aim of the day

  • To ensure that food and health stakeholders are fully aware of National Food & Drink policy and their input into a successful implementation
  • To discuss next steps that are applicable for health in the National Food & Drink policy, identify any key issues and agree future actions to ensure we have the biggest impact.

Format of the day

There will be the normal format as previous Food & Health Alliance conferences such as a plenary, workshops and a marketplace. 


This part of the day will focus on the food and health aspects of the National Food & Drink Policy and will feature a host of speakers from national organisations as well as the Scottish Government including:

Susan Gallacher, Food & Drink Industry Division, Scottish Government

Food Standards Agency Scotland

Scotland Food & Drink

Katherine Bishop, Take Life On campaign, Scottish Government

Fergus Millan, Scottish Government 

Jan Bebbington, Sustainable Development Commission Scotland

with Chair - Charles Milne, Director of Food Standards Agency Scotland



  • Food culture - presentation from Tom MacMillan, Food Ethics Council, followed by discussions on what is the current Scottish food culture.
  • Local food & health - presentation by Fergus Younger on the work by Food from Argyll, followed by discussions of the potential of linking local food along with healthy eating messages. 
  • Food advocacy - discussions around the question of whether there is the need for further food advocacy in Scotland.
  • Social marketing of national food themed campaigns - presentations on some of the current national food campaigns, followed by discussions of the potential of linking these with healthy eating messages.
  • Community food skills - presentations on good practice, followed by discussions.
  • Healthy weight outcome framework - presentation on the process and tools within the outcome framework, followed by discussions and feedback on the tool.


Target Audience

The conference will cover a wide range of topics which may appeal to a range of audiences.

Applications are welcome from the breadth of the food chain - food producers, food manufacturers, caterers, retailers, from research and academic backgrounds, from the public sector - dietitians, public health nutritionists, food procurement, policy makers, community and voluntary workers and others.



Registration is now open and we're using a hard copy system now (see attachment). If you have any problem or queries, please email us at


Look forward to seeing you on the day!


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