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Evaluating the implementation and customer acceptability of a sugar-sweetened beverage reduction initiative in thirty Australian aquatic and recreation centres

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posted on 2024-06-06, 07:34 authored by Tara Boelsen-RobinsonTara Boelsen-Robinson, Alethea JerebineAlethea Jerebine, A Kurzeme, B Gilham, OT Huse, Miranda BlakeMiranda Blake, Kathryn BackholerKathryn Backholer, A Chung, Anna PeetersAnna Peeters
AbstractObjective:To assess the feasibility of implementation and customer perspectives of a sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) reduction initiative across YMCA Victoria aquatic and recreation centres.Design:Two data sources were used to assess implementation and customer acceptability. Photo audits were used to assess the type of drinks available for purchase 6 months prior to initiative implementation and 6 months after, in thirty centres. Change in the range of SSB targeted for removal, non-targeted SSB, as well as drinks classified as ‘red’ (limit), ‘amber’ (choose carefully) and ‘green’ (best choice), was reported. Customer surveys were conducted in three centres to assess acceptability and awareness of the initiative. Inductive and deductive thematic analysis was used to analyse customers’ perspectives of the initiative.Setting:30 aquatic and recreation centres in Victoria, Australia.Participants:806 customers.Results:At post-implementation, 87 % of centres had removed targeted SSB. ‘Red’ drinks reduced by an average of 4·4 drink varieties compared to pre-implementation (11·9 varieties) and ‘green’ drinks increased by 1·4 varieties (3·2 varieties pre-implementation). Customers were largely unaware of the SSB-reduction initiative (90 %) but supported YMCA Victoria in continuing the initiative (89 %), with many believing it would support children in making healthier choices.Conclusions:Implementation of an initiative that limited SSB availability across a large number of aquatic and recreation centres was feasible and considered acceptable by customers. Customers frequently mentioned the importance of protecting children from consuming SSB.

History

Journal

Public Health Nutrition

Volume

24

Article number

PII S1368980021002421

Pagination

5166-5175

Location

England

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

1368-9800

eISSN

1475-2727

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

15

Publisher

CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS