Yorkshire Obesity Research Alliance

What is YORA?

YORA stands for the Yorkshire Obesity Research Alliance. It is a network of people from universities, Local Authorities, the NHS, businesses, VCS groups, and the public.

It aims to facilitate effective regional action on obesity through collaboration and co-production. This is important as Yorkshire and the Humber currently has the highest prevalence of overweight and obese adults in England.

What does YORA do?

YORA brings people together, shares learning and information about what’s happening across the region, identifies regional-specific issues, and develops new research ideas. They do this through collaboration and co-production.

They hold regular events for YORA members. The next one is Wednesday 26th May. For more information visit their website below.

There is also a monthly YORA newsletter, highlighting what they have been doing and other obesity-related activity across the region. They have also set up 4 working groups for YORA members to discuss issues and co-produce new research ideas.

Who’s involved?

YORA currently has over 120 members from across the region, including people from universities, Local Authorities, the NHS, businesses, VCS groups, and the public, all with an interest in tackling obesity.

The network is led by Louisa Ells (Leeds Beckett University), Catherine Homer (Sheffield Hallam University) and Nicola Corrigan (Public Health England). The network coordinators are Mike Thelwell and Kris Southby.

Becoming a member

They are really keen to increase the number of YORA members – this means more voices in developing regional action on obesity.

They are particularly interested in getting more members from VCS groups and people from (or representing) BAME communities as these groups have been underrepresented in the network so far.

Joining YORA is totally free. If you are interested, you can sign up using the link below or by contacting them.

Getting in contact

You can contact us via email: ➔ Mike Thelwell: m.thelwell@shu.ac.uk ➔ Kris Southby: K.Southby@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Twitter: @YorkshireORA #YORA

Other information

YORA was set up in October 2020 and is funded by the Yorkshire & Humber Clinical Research Network.

The network is hosted by the Practice and Research Collaborative (PaRC), which aims to facilitate research into practice and link universities with public health practitioners. For more information, please see: https://www.parc-hub.co.uk/

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