ESRC Festival of Social Science, March 2010

The ESRC Festival of Social Science is part of the National Science and Engineering Week, and offers academic institutions the opportunity to disseminate their results creatively to a wide audience.

Gateshead has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the country, yet there are many diverse and successful schemes being implemented by the council, PCT and Foundation Trust to change this statistic around, with an aim to becoming the healthiest region of the UK by 2030.

Together with Gateshead PCT, Gateshead Council and Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust, the Gateshead Millennium Study held a "Growing up healthy in Gateshead" event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science Week. The afternoon of presentations, displays and discussion showcased current and future work promoting healthy childhoods, and considered policy, innovations and data from local children - the Gateshead Millennium Study children.

The post-event report from this successful afternoon can be accessed here.

Durham Forum for Health

The Durham Forum for Health is a platform for those interested in health (medical staff, researchers or lay people) to present and discuss current work in this diverse field. Dr Laura Basterfield and Dr Angela Jones presented results of the GMS to the group in April 2010.

The Beacon Sessions

The North East Centre for Lifelong Learning is a partnership between Sunderland and Newcastle Universities offering a diverse selection of courses, talks and study groups. The 'Beacon Sessions' are an opportunity to 'meet the expert' and hear and discuss current research. Dr Laura Basterfield spoke on the topic of 'Physical activity and obesity in children' in May 2010, using data collected from the GMS children.

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