An audit of local government planning tools for their potential use in addressing community food and nutrition issues

Good, Elizabeth, Hammond, Melinda, Martin, Caroline, Burns, Catherine and Groos, Anita 2010, An audit of local government planning tools for their potential use in addressing community food and nutrition issues, Health promotion journal of Australia, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 5-11.

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Title An audit of local government planning tools for their potential use in addressing community food and nutrition issues
Author(s) Good, Elizabeth
Hammond, Melinda
Martin, Caroline
Burns, Catherine
Groos, Anita
Journal name Health promotion journal of Australia
Volume number 21
Issue number 1
Start page 5
End page 11
Total pages 7
Publisher Australian Health Promotion Association
Place of publication Maroochydore, Qld.
Publication date 2010-04
ISSN 1036-1073
1753-6405
Keyword(s) food
healthy eating
local government
nutrition
planning
policy
Summary Issues addressed: This project aimed to identify how local government planning tools could be used to influence physical and policy environments to support healthy eating behaviours in communities.
Methods: An audit of Queensland's legislative and non-legislative local government planning tools was conducted by a public health nutritionist to assess their potential use in addressing strategies to achieve positive nutrition outcomes. Ten strategies were identified and covered the following themes: improving access to healthy foods and drinks; increasing access to breastfeeding facilities; decreasing fast food outlet density; and unhealthy food advertising. 
Results: The audit found that all of the 10 strategies to achieve positive nutrition outcomes could be considered through three or more of the planning tools.
Conclusion: Based on the findings of this audit, local government planning tools provide opportunities to address food and nutrition issues and contribute toward creating physical and policy environments that support healthy eating behaviours.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Copyright Agency Limited
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