Diet, Behaviour and The Junk Food Generation
A MacKay Hannah conference produced in association with FAB Research
How diet affects children’s behaviour, learning and mood
What we feed our children is at the heart of political and public debate – primarily in relation to physical health and well-being. However, a growing body of evidence now supports the view that the right nutrition is just as important for the optimal mental development and functioning of children. In terms of the policy challenge to promote holistic health and well-being, the link between diet and behaviour is a crucial part of this agenda.
Are the many behaviour problems which impact upon learning, teaching and welfare of our children diet related? How does the food we are feeding children affect their brains – and what can be done about it?
This one day conference will focus on how food affects children’s behaviour, learning and mood: in particular the potential links between food and the growth of known disorders such as ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Autistic Spectrum.
An essential conference for educators, healthcare professionals and others involved with the care and well-being of children and young people.
Topics to be covered:
- The development of the post-war diet in Britain
- The relationship between diet and brain function (from a scientific perspective)
- The importance of nutrition for behaviour, learning and mood (with reference to Omega 3)
- Nutritional approaches to learning disorders
- Diet and anti-social behaviour
- Science-based dietary intervention to combat behaviour and low attainment
- How practical strategies can be deployed nationally within the education service to help pupils and teachers
- The evidence base: bridging the gap between science fact and science fiction
- The role and responsibilities of Government
Keynote speaker: Dr Alex Richardson, Senior Research Fellow, University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford and Director of FAB Research
Dr Paul Montgomery – Leader, Evidence-Based Intervention Unit, University Department of Social Policy & Social Work, Oxford
Professor John Stein – Professor of Neurophysiology, University of Oxford and Chair of the Dyslexia Research Trust
David Rex – Lead Child Health Dietician, NHS Highland
Dr Mary Bellizzi – National Development Officer (Food & Nutrition), Scottish Health Promoting Schools Unit (SHPSU)
Bernard Gesch, Senior Research Scientist, University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford and Director of the research charity, Natural Justice
Dr Tom Gilhooly, Glasgow-based GP, Managing Director of The Centre for Nutritional Studies Ltd and Clinical Director of Glasgow Health Solutions Ltd.
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