26 March 2014, 1 pm
A large and consistent body of epidemiological evidence indicates that a low levels of physical activity, low levels of cardiorespiratory fitness and high levels of sedentary behaviour are associated with increased risk of cardio-metabolic diseases. However, most such studies have been undertaken in populations of White-European descent.
27 March 2014, 6 pm
A vast amount of research and literature points to worryingly high levels of distrust and disengagement with conventional politics. In this lecture David Blunkett will explore why established political processes and institutions seem unable or unwilling to re-engage with vast sections of the public. Why has the gap between the governors and the governed grown so wide? Who or what is to blame for this situation? How do politicians feel about this situation and what can be done?
2 April 2014, 1 pm
The term ‘austerity’ can have something of a romantic ‘keep calm and carry on’ ring, but poverty and disadvantage have no romance. This talk will discuss research on managing child health in a time of austerity, considering how talk of austerity provides a lever or barrier for evidence-informed practice in public health.
10 April 2014, 10 am
In the current era of economic uncertainty and climate change and rising food and fuel costs the issue of how to ensure everyone has access to a varied and healthy diet not just in the UK but beyond, is of pressing concern. At home, the UK’s largest food bank charity projects that it will have distributed over a million food parcels in 2013-2014 alone. Across the world, 12 percent of the global population was suffering from chronic hunger in 2013. At the same time, scientists and agriculturalist highlight the tensions and contradictions inherent within the need to produce more affordable food, sustainably.