An Invitation to an Interactive Public Engagement Seminar on Nutrition & Health

When: Thursday, 20th February, 4.30 – 6.30 pm

Where: Greenbank Lecture Theatre UCLan, Victoria Street, Preston, PR1 2HE

Have you ever wondered about the links between what you eat and how you feel? How your diet influences your own and your family’s health? May be you’ve worried about weight gain and considered dieting or maybe you’re troubled by an allergy?

To address these and other dietary concerns, the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing (NFHW), the organisation behind the popular annual Preston Health Mela, has enlisted the support of colleagues from the School of Medicine and the Creative Communities Group at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LTHTR), to present an exciting interactive conference where you can bring yourself up-to-date with cutting edge thinking on the important theme of Nutrition and Health. By joining us at this exciting free seminar you can be sure you will be in possession of the very latest facts and guidance to steer your family towards a healthy diet and lifestyle.

If you want to know the very latest thinking on the close links between what we are and what we eat, then this free public meeting is just the opportunity you have been waiting for!

Planned to give the maximum opportunity for public participation, the meeting will be opened by UCLan’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Lynne Livesey.

The seminar consists of the four short presentations detailed below:

1 Diet and nutrition for healthy life and ageing

Dr Pappachan Joseph, Consultant in metabolic medicine and endocrinologist LTHTR

Dr Joseph will outline how choices in diet and nutrition can contribute to a healthy life and wellbeing both now and as we get older.

2 Food allergy (IgE) Dr Pavaladurai Vijaydurai and Dr Ariharan Anantharachagan Consultant clinical Immunologists LTHTR

Drs Vijayduraii and Anantharachagan will describe how IgE food allergies can be identified and managed.

3 Childhood obesity (Epidemic)

Dr Omolola Ayoola, Consultant paediatrician and endocrinologist LTHTR

Dr Ayoola will address issues of childhood obesity epidemic and strategies for tackling this epidemic.

4 Maternal nutrition and life style

Dr Victoria Louise Moran, Associate professor of maternal and child nutrition UCLan

Dr Moran will focus on maternal nutrition and lifestyle with reference to gestational diabetes.

After the presentations, members of the audience will be invited to join a group based on one of the four topics for questions and detailed discussion with the speaker(s) concerned. A final plenary session will provide an opportunity to summarise and draw conclusions on the proceedings as a whole.

Commenting on the event, UCLan Pro Vice-chancellor (Clinical Health and Research) Professor St John Crean said,

“UCLan is delighted to contribute and support this public engagement project. We are committed to ensuring populations remain updated and inspired to ensure health remains at the forefront of all  life decisions.”

Professor Cathy Jackson, Executive Dean, Faculty of Clinical & Biomedical Sciences and Head of the School of Medicine, UCLan, said

“Good nutrition lays the foundations for good health and therefore the team at the medical school are delighted to be able to support wider education in this area.”

The event programme is as given below

Public Engagement Seminar on Nutrition & Health

Thursday, 20th February 2020 at 4.30 – 6.30 pm

Greenbank Lecture Theatre UCLan, Victoria Street, Preston, PR1 2HE

16:00 – 16:20 Registration/refreshments

16:20 – 16:40

Welcome address                        Professor Romesh Gupta, OBE

Opening remarks                        Dr Lynne Livesey

Housekeeping matters              Mr Russell Hogarth/ Dr Abhay Vaidya


16:40 – 17:20          FOCUSSED PRESENTATIONS

Diet and nutrition for healthy life     

Dr Pappachan Joseph, Consultant in Endocrinology & Metabolism, LTHTR

Food allergy (IgE mediated)           

Dr Paraladurai Vijaydurai and Dr Arihan Anantharachagan, Consultant clinical Immunologists, LTHTR

 Childhood obesity (epidemic)         

Dr Omolola Ayoola, Consultant paediatrician and endocrinologist, LTHTR

Maternal nutrition and life style      

Dr Victoria Louise Moran, Associate professor of maternal and child nutrition UCLan


17:30 – 18:10 GROUP DISCUSSIONS led by the speakers

18:10 – 1830  Plenary session-Summary by the group leaders

18:30           Vote of Thanks/Conclusion of the seminar


The event is FREE to attend and there will be FREE PARKING on the University car parks

Following is  the link to the UCLan press release

For further details, please contact Professor Romesh Gupta, OBE, Chairman of the NFHW at