Consumer Resilience and Food Wellbeing webinar

Join us for a webinar on Consumer Resilience and Food Wellbeing hosted by RMIT's Consumer Wellbeing Research Group

Explore the challenges of building consumer resilience through healthier and more sustainable food-related behaviour. 

RMIT's Consumer Wellbeing Research Group is hosting a series of webinars exploring Consumer Resilience and Wellbeing. Resilience is the capacity to recover from difficult life events. Join us for a discussion of key challenges for consumers as they move forward and navigate the new normal.

The second event in this series focuses on Consumer Resilience and Food Wellbeing.

Food wellbeing is the positive physical, psychological, and social relationship with food at both the individual consumer and wider societal levels. COVID-19 has had a significant influence on food choice, access, availability, and security and poses both challenges and opportunities for supporting consumer resilience and the adoption of healthier and sustainable food-related consumption behaviours going forward.

Join us for a panel discussion on food literacy in families, the role of technology on food choice and how financial pressures brought about by the pandemic may influence behaviour around cooking and eating, food waste and food security.

Meet the panel:

Dr Sandro Demaio, CEO, VicHealth

Dr Sandro Demaio is a medical doctor and globally-renowned public health expert and advocate. Sandro previously worked for the World Health Organization and was CEO of the EAT Foundation. He also co-founded the NCDFREE global social movement and established a not-for-profit foundation to improve the health and nutrition of Australian kids. Sandro has published many scientific journal articles and is author of the Doctor’s Diet cookbook. He also co-hosts the ABC television and Netflix show Ask the Doctor.

Alicia Darvall, Director Regions and Partnerships, Sustainability Victoria

As part of the leadership team at Sustainability Victoria, Alicia plays a key role in delivering the Recycle Victoria initiative and helping Victorians live sustainably by acting on climate change and using resources wisely. She is also leading SV’s work on the Circular Economy Business Innovation Centre (BIC). The BIC brings together industry, universities and councils to develop new technologies and collaborate on creative solutions to food waste challenges. 

Lelde McCoy, Managing Director, The Reputation Group

Lelde is the founder and Managing Director of the Reputation Group, a Melbourne-based boutique agency that specialises in social marketing, strategic communications, and stakeholder engagement. She has more than 30 years of experience in developing and implementing award-winning behavior change and public health campaigns for governments, not-for-profit organisations and the private sector. With a passion for health and wellness, she has worked from field to fork across a variety of food marketing campaigns involving food scientists, nutritionists, chefs and farmers. Her recent food-related work has been for Dairy Australia and Healthy Together Victoria. 

Professor Kate Westberg, Consumer Wellbeing Research Group, RMIT University

Kate is a Professor in Marketing in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing and a member of the RMIT’s Consumer Wellbeing Research Group. She is a qualitative researcher interested in exploring health and wellbeing-related consumption behaviour and influences. Her recent projects have explored food literacy, food choices and healthy eating in community sport, ageing and wellbeing, and alcohol consumption and alcohol marketing in sport. Her research has been widely published in marketing and health-related international journals, and Kate is also committed to the broader translation of her research to community stakeholders.

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