Formulating policy activities to promote healthy and sustainable diets

Lawrence, Mark A., Friel, Sharon, Wingrove, Kate, James, Sarah W. and Candy, Seona 2015, Formulating policy activities to promote healthy and sustainable diets, Public health nutrition, vol. 18, no. 13, pp. 2333-2340, doi: 10.1017/S1368980015002529.

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Title Formulating policy activities to promote healthy and sustainable diets
Author(s) Lawrence, Mark A.ORCID iD for Lawrence, Mark A.
Friel, Sharon
Wingrove, Kate
James, Sarah W.
Candy, Seona
Journal name Public health nutrition
Volume number 18
Issue number 13
Start page 2333
End page 2340
Total pages 9
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Place of publication Cambridge, Eng.
Publication date 2015-08-18
ISSN 1475-2727
Keyword(s) Food and nutrition policy
Food systems
Healthy and sustainable diet
Policy formulation tool
Summary OBJECTIVE: To develop a policy formulation tool for strategically informing food and nutrition policy activities to promote healthy and sustainable diets (HSD). DESIGN: A policy formulation tool consisting of two complementary components was developed. First, a conceptual framework of the environment-public health nutrition relationship was constructed to characterise and conceptualise the food system problem. Second, an 'Orders of Food Systems Change' schema drawing on systems dynamics thinking was developed to identify, assess and propose policy options to redesign food systems. SETTING: Food and nutrition policy activities to promote HSD have been politicised, fragmented and lacking a coherent conceptual and strategic focus to tackle complex food system challenges. RESULTS: The tool's conceptual framework component comprises three integrated dimensions: (i) a structure built around the environment and public health nutrition relationship that is mediated via the food system; (ii) internal mechanisms that operate through system dynamics; and (iii) external interactions that frame its nature and a scope within ecological parameters. The accompanying schema is structured around three orders of change distinguished by contrasting ideological perspectives on the type and extent of change needed to 'solve' the HSD problem. CONCLUSIONS: The conceptual framework's systems analysis of the environment-public health nutrition relationship sets out the food system challenges for HSD. The schema helps account for political realities in policy making and is a key link to operationalise the framework's concepts to actions aimed at redesigning food systems. In combination they provide a policy formulation tool to strategically inform policy activities to redesign food systems and promote HSD.
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/S1368980015002529
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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