Rotherham hosting national obesity summit

A NATIONAL conference showcasing Rotherham’s trail-blazing efforts at battling obesity will be held at the town’s New York Stadium tomorrow.

Rother Valley MP Kevin Barron will open the event celebrating Rotherham's award-winning healthy weight framework, before speeches from leading experts in the field of obesity management — Prof David Haslam of the National Obesity Forum and Professor Paul Bissell from the University of Sheffield.

Speakers will also include Rotherham Council health chief Cllr Ken Wyatt, Dr Matt Capehorn — director of Rotherham Institute for Obesity, and Director of Public Health, Dr John Radford.

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Reshaping Rotherham, the first conference of its kind to be held in Rotherham will allow health professionals and weight management staff from across the country to hear about the progress the town has made in tackling and obesity.

The conference will celebrate this success and give delegates the chance to swap tips.

Cllr Wyatt said: “Reshaping Rotherham will showcase our gold-standard weight management services.

“We are delighted that so many people from across and the UK and Europe are visiting Rotherham this week to see the work we are doing and to learn from our experiences in addressing overweight and obesity, one of the biggest challenges to public health.”