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Nutrition team and students commit to fighting cancer

Nutrition Tuesday 6 December 2016

Hope’s nutrition team and students were welcomed to a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) certified study day on cancer prevention held by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

Organised for healthcare professionals in the North West, the event aimed to raise awareness of the link between diet, physical activity, body weight and cancer risk. The conference included expert speakers from the WCRF as well as other local partners such as Public Health Liverpool.

The conference was chaired by Mr Matthew Ashton, the Director of the Public Health in Knowsley and Sefton, and included a plenary talk and workshops on the Science behind the messages of the WCRF, strategies for cancer prevention, case studies for successful cancer prevention interventions, and the principles of behaviour change in health promotion for the prevention of cancer. 

 Associate Professor Farzad Amirabdollahian said: “As a team, Dr Macdonald-Clarke, Dr Jin, Dr Lees and myself decided to take this CPD together with our students. The organisers very kindly agreed with our request to permit the students to attend; considering they indeed can be tomorrow’s healthcare professionals.

“This was an exceptional event summarising the current body of knowledge on prevention of various cancers and delivered by experts in the field. The strong and simple message of the day was to ‘eat well, move more and control your weight’. This was not only a success from knowledge transfer point of view, but also from networking and promotion perspectives.

“We had a stand, promoting the University and actively showcasing the excellent health promotion work of our students and colleagues; while we also managed to engage with colleagues from Macmillan Cancer Support, Squash Nutrition and other academic programme providers in the health sector.

“The chair of the event was impressed by the involvement of our students and is planning to visit Liverpool Hope University to talk to our students. I was so excited and moved by the charitable work of WCRF that I decided to further engage and support the good cause by becoming a Cancer Prevention Champion in our region.”

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