Sunderland takes lessons from Danes in tackling obesity

obesity challenge: Dr Jens-Christian Holm. Above, Peter Small, Scott Wilkes, Jens-Christian Holm, Tony Alabaster and Yitka Graham.
obesity challenge: Dr Jens-Christian Holm. Above, Peter Small, Scott Wilkes, Jens-Christian Holm, Tony Alabaster and Yitka Graham.
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A DANISH expert shared his work on childhood obesity with Sunderland health workers.

Paediatrician Dr Jens-Christian Holm talked about tackling obesity in children when he met members of Sunderland CARE Academy, (Collaboration, Achieving high quality care, Research and Engagement) and health professionals from around the world at the University of Sunderland.

If we can reverse obesity trends in children through simple lifestyle changes this could have a positive, lifelong impact on the health and wellbeing of adults.

Professor Tony Alabaster

The meeting in the Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre saw the eminent academic present findings from his research, conducted with 1,900 obese children in Denmark.

As well as the university, CARE Academy members include City Hospitals Sunderland, Sunderland City Council, the Foundation of Light and Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dr Holm said: “The event was an excellent chance to share and discuss our research findings and to meet other health professionals from around the world.

“We are all keen to find solutions to this global issue and I was honoured to be asked by the CARE Academy to come to Sunderland and speak about our work in Denmark.

“The CARE Academy is a really interesting model of collaboration and my team are looking forward to working with its partners, in what we hope will be a successful international collaboration.

“I feel sure that by sharing our findings we can reduce childhood obesity together and improve the health outcomes for young people worldwide.”

Joy Akehurst, executive director of nursing and quality at City Hospitals Sunderland, said: “Partners are working closely together to maximise our joint resources and gain the best outcomes for our local population.

“This is an important step in the journey of the development of the CARE Academy. We contacted Dr Holm because of his profile with childhood obesity, and to develop links for future mutual learning and benefit.”

Professor Tony Alabaster, head of pharmacy, health and wellbeing at Sunderland University, said: “It was a very rewarding meeting and it’s excellent to get the CARE Academy partners together to learn more about Dr Holm’s Danish model. The role of the CARE Academy is to tackle our region’s health challenges and Dr Holm’s findings offer us proven and practical techniques to prevent and manage childhood obesity in our region.

“If we can reverse obesity trends in children through simple lifestyle changes this could have a positive, lifelong impact on the health and wellbeing of adults.”