"I am hugely passionate about translating the evidence so that you can use research driven methods to make effective and sustainable changes to your health...starting today. That's why I love speaking, as it allows the audience immediate access to the most effective ways to change their health for the better."

Are you looking for a speaker who both understands the research, and can communicate it in a way that is easily digestable for everyone?

I focus on ensuring my talks are easy to understand, relevant to my audience and a thoroughly enjoyable experience. This page gives an outline of my speaking specialities, and how you can book me as a speaker.

Where I speak

  • I lecture weekly at St Mary’s University, London, in behaviour
    change and lifestyle management.
  • I regularly run seminars, workshops and behaviour change training
    for corporations, small businesses, charities and health and
    fitness professionals.
  • I frequently speak at events, conferences and to private

Keynote topics

Below is a list of my most requested talks. This list is not exhaustive, and I’d like to emphasise that I always customise my talks for the specific audience at hand to make it most relevant to their goals and lifestyle. However, I’m not your typical chalk and talk type speaker, I like to empower the audience so that by the end of the talk they have a head start on the road to changing their behaviours.

Keynote topics include:

  • Habit Change
    • How to get the mindset for success and stay there
    • Build healthier habits in 7 steps
    • How to break bad habits and make new healthier ones
    • Weight Loss
    • The truth - What the scientific evidence (not the media) tells us is effective for long-term weight loss success
  • The Willpower Myth
    • Why maintenance should always be the goal and how to achieve it
    • Behaviour change psychology
    • What works to change health behaviours?
    • How to help your clients adopt and maintain healthier

Dr Heather McKee x Leon

Making healthy habits stick with Well Aware and Leon

What can people do to ensure they stay on the road to success? In terms of forming healthy habits and making sure they stick, do you have any tips or advice you can share on this?

In 2005, a group of researchers studied 5000 individuals who have successfully lost and maintained a significant amount of weight over at least 5 years. This research demonstrated that there was no single method that worked best for long term success. There were no individual genetic characteristics or personality types that contributed towards these peoples success. There was no particular diet that these people used that was any better than another.

In actual fact no two people in this group of 5,000 lost weight in the same way!

What the researchers found was that through trial and error these successful individuals had each honed their own system for success. They found a particular set of habits that worked best for them, and if they executed these habits consistently it lead to their ongoing success.

In other words, the study showed that the key to long term success is ultimately about finding out what works for you. Finding your own unique system of habits.

So what is the best way to do this?

In support of this, researchers at Duke University found that habits account for about 40% of our behaviours on any given day. The key is to develop a system of habits that works within the constraints of your lifestyle that will support you in achieving your weight loss goals.

The 5,000 successful weight loss maintainers got to where they are today not through punishment and restriction but through trial and error.

You can start to experiment by making small but consistently healthy changes to your lifestyle.

Focusing on small changes is effective as it helps reinforce the importance of focusing on the process of building healthy habits.

Ultimately health is a habit if you aim to build up to eating healthily or exercising 70-80% of the time, what you do the rest of the time doesn’t have as big an impact on your success. So instead of wasting your willpower on restrictive and ineffective diets, focus on building a system of habits that work for you.

 If everyone was to take one nugget of knowledge or top tip away with them today to help them get started on their wellness journey, what advice would you give them? 

Start small.

You can do this by asking yourself, what is the smallest step I can take today for my health?

For example; my clients set themselves one small change that they intend to make each week with regards to their weight loss. This is intentionally tiny so it doesn’t feel too punishing or restrictive. For example things you could do to get started with could be;

·       putting half a spoon full of sugar less in your daily tea or coffee

·       making sure all coffees you get are a size smaller

·       walking 50 more steps on your fitness tracker a day.

These may seem like insignificantly small changes but cumulatively they can have a BIG impact on your long term success. For example; if your goal is to have a smaller size latte per day, this can result in… 50,000 less calories consumed per year.

You can then work through ways to add to these small changes in a way that suits your lifestyle, slowly growing the combined effect that these changes can have, ultimately ensuring your long term weight loss success.

Having a system is what matters. Committing to the process makes a huge difference.

So why not set yourself a small goal for this week? Think about what you could do that could have a positive impact on your health, yet doesn’t feel too restrictive or draining?

Published on 1st Sep 2019 at 17:57 by Heather McKee

"We recently had Dr. Heather McKee in to speak to a group about “Small changes, big results. How to create healthy habits that last all of 2018” and I couldn’t recommend it enough. Heather was very informative and very interesting. Her interactive approach made the room feel very welcome and comfortable to ask questions. She is highly engaging with the room and her use of handouts in the room makes the process easy to work through. It is great to get some actual live practise in the room using the worksheet. Heather was very motivating and made the session very interesting for everyone. I would recommend her sessions as her steps to personal development are very thought provoking and easy to follow."

Barbara Hoey, International Financial Services

"Heather is a very natural and talented speaker who speaks with warmth and a genuine passion for her subject. Heather is always a delight to work with - very professional, engaging and a true expert in her field. Heather is extremely passionate about helping others and manages to take quite complicated scientific research and make it easy and accessible to all."

Rebecca Fairbrother, Founder, Well Aware

"Heather delivered a perfect, succinct, workshop. Heather was great - it was all digestible and really helpful. After a long day at work, a powerful hour was perfect."

Phoebe, MOS


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