Researchers join public health talks

Does where you live affect how much you weigh?, and what can parents do to help teach their children about sex and relationships in the digital age?

  • Manawa talks

A free evening of talks on living and ageing well will see nine local health researchers, including three from the University of Canterbury, share their research and knowledge on these and other topics.

We’re Talking Health will be held on 4 November, in the Manawa Foyer, Antigua St, Christchurch, and online.

The University of Canterbury speakers are Tracy Clelland, Lecturer in Health Education, School of Health Sciences, Dr Matthew Hobbs, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, and Professor Katharina Naswall, School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing.

Tracy Clelland will discuss Love, Sex and Porn: Parenting and Sexuality Education in the Digital Age, providing guidance for parents in how to support young people to navigate relationships in a changing world.

Dr Hobbs, in a talk called Obe-city: Does where you live affect the weight you gain?, will explain how changes in our food environment, such as increases in the availability of fast-food, can influence weight gain.

Professor Naswall is covering whether the time we spend at work could be good for our health and wellbeing. Her goal is to improve health and wellbeing by making workplaces a positive part of people’s lives.

The other speakers are from Ara Institute of Canterbury, the Canterbury District Health Board and the University of Otago. They will cover topics such as the importance of iron, treatment of infections in children, perimenopause, Parkinson’s disease, and water births.

The free public information evening is hosted by Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct, the Health Research Society of Canterbury and the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation.

  • In person registrations for the free event have been capped due to Covid Alert Level 2 restrictions but it will also be live-streamed. Talks start at 5.30pm. Register here.

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