International network for food and obesity/NCD research, monitoring and action support: benchmarking food environments towards healthier diets

Vandevijvere, Stefanie, Sacks, Gary and Swinburn, Boyd 2013, International network for food and obesity/NCD research, monitoring and action support: benchmarking food environments towards healthier diets, in Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism : Abstracts of the 20th International Congress of Nutrition 2013, S Karger AG, Basel, Switzerland, pp. 865-865.

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Title International network for food and obesity/NCD research, monitoring and action support: benchmarking food environments towards healthier diets
Author(s) Vandevijvere, Stefanie
Sacks, Gary
Swinburn, Boyd
Conference name International Congress of Nutrition (20th : 2013 : Granada, Spain)
Conference location Granada, Spain
Conference dates 15-20 Sept. 2013
Title of proceedings Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism : Abstracts of the 20th International Congress of Nutrition 2013
Editor(s) Gil, A.
Martinez, J. A.
Publication date 2013
Conference series International Congress of Nutrition
Start page 865
End page 865
Total pages 1
Publisher S Karger AG
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Keyword(s) food environments
non-communicable diseases
benchmarking
Summary Background and objectives: 
The World Health Organization (WHO)’s monitoring of risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) does not include ’upstream’ monitoring of many aspects of food environments that influence population diets. INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity/NCDs Research, Monitoring and Action Support) is a global network of public-interest organisations and researchers that aims to monitor, benchmark and support public and private sector actions to create healthy food environments and reduce obesity and NCDs. This monitoring of public and private sector policies, and their impacts on the healthiness of food environments, seeks to complement existing WHO monitoring efforts.

Methods:
Monitoring areas are divided into process, impact and outcome modules. The two process modules focus on monitoring and benchmarking the policies and actions of the public and private sector. The seven impact modules focus on monitoring and benchmarking the impact of those policies and actions on key aspects of food environments, such as food composition, labelling, promotion, provision, access, availability, affordability, and trade and investment. The three outcome modules focus on monitoring and evaluating changes in behavioural, dietary, physiological and metabolic risk factors, as well as health outcomes. Some aspects of these outcome components are being developed by WHO as part of their global NCD monitoring framework.

Results:
The development of protocols and pilot testing is planned for 2013-2015. The monitoring framework will be trialled in large and small, and high- and low-income countries globally. Within five years, it is expected that all countries will be invited to collect their own data and contribute those data to a global database for benchmarking food environments. 

Conclusions:
Benchmarking data and good practice exemplars will be communicated to policymakers, civil society and the food industry with the aim of stimulating improvements in the healthiness of food environments.
ISSN 0250-6807
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30060697

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Population Health
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