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

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posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by S Vandevijvere, Gary SacksGary Sacks, Boyd Swinburn
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.

History

Event

International Congress of Nutrition (20th : 2013 : Granada, Spain)

Pagination

865 - 865

Publisher

S Karger AG

Location

Granada, Spain

Place of publication

Basel, Switzerland

Start date

2013-09-15

End date

2013-09-20

ISSN

0250-6807

Language

eng

Publication classification

E3 Extract of paper

Editor/Contributor(s)

A Gil, J Martinez

Title of proceedings

Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism : Abstracts of the 20th International Congress of Nutrition 2013

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