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Policy change to create supportive environments for physical activity and healthy eating : which options are the most realistic for local government?

Allender, Steven, Gleeson, Erin, Crammond, Brad, Sacks, Gary, Lawrence, Mark, Peeters, Anna, Loff, Bebe and Swinburn, Boyd 2012, Policy change to create supportive environments for physical activity and healthy eating : which options are the most realistic for local government?, Health promotion international, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 261-274, doi: 10.1093/heapro/dar018.

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Title Policy change to create supportive environments for physical activity and healthy eating : which options are the most realistic for local government?
Author(s) Allender, StevenORCID iD for Allender, Steven orcid.org/0000-0002-4842-3294
Gleeson, Erin
Crammond, Brad
Sacks, GaryORCID iD for Sacks, Gary orcid.org/0000-0001-9736-1539
Lawrence, MarkORCID iD for Lawrence, Mark orcid.org/0000-0001-6899-3983
Peeters, Anna
Loff, Bebe
Swinburn, Boyd
Journal name Health promotion international
Volume number 27
Issue number 2
Start page 261
End page 274
Total pages 14
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0957-4824
Keyword(s) obesity
physical activity
nutrition
regulatory environment
Summary The objective is to identify and test regulatory options for creating supportive environments for physical activity and healthy eating among local governments in Victoria, Australia. A literature review identified nine potential areas for policy intervention at local government level, including the walking environment and food policy. Discussion documents were drafted which summarized the public health evidence and legal framework for change in each area. Levels of support for particular interventions were identified through semi-structured interviews conducted with key informants from local government. We conducted 11 key informant interviews and found support for policy intervention to create environments supportive of physical activity but little support for policy changes to promote healthy eating. Participants reported lack of relevance and competing priorities as reasons for not supporting particular interventions. Promoting healthy eating environments was not considered a priority for local government above food safety. There is a real opportunity for action to prevent obesity at local government level (e.g. mandate the promotion of healthy eating environments). For local government to have a role in the promotion of healthy food environments, regulatory change and suitable funding are required.
Notes First published online March 18, 2011
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/heapro/dar018
Field of Research 111104 Public Nutrition Intervention
Socio Economic Objective 920208 Health Policy Evaluation
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, Oxford University Press
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30035981

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