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Benchmarking as a Public Health Strategy for Creating Healthy Food Environments: An Evaluation of the INFORMAS Initiative (2012–2020)

Sacks, Gary, Kwon, Janelle, Vandevijvere, S and Swinburn, Boyd 2021, Benchmarking as a Public Health Strategy for Creating Healthy Food Environments: An Evaluation of the INFORMAS Initiative (2012–2020), Annual Review of Public Health, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 1-18, doi: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-100919-114442.

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Title Benchmarking as a Public Health Strategy for Creating Healthy Food Environments: An Evaluation of the INFORMAS Initiative (2012–2020)
Author(s) Sacks, GaryORCID iD for Sacks, Gary orcid.org/0000-0001-9736-1539
Kwon, Janelle
Vandevijvere, S
Swinburn, Boyd
Journal name Annual Review of Public Health
Volume number 42
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Publisher Annual Reviews
Place of publication Palo Alto, Calif.
Publication date 2021
ISSN 0163-7525
1545-2093
Keyword(s) food environments
benchmarking
nutrition
accountability
Summary Diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and obesity are the leading contributors to poor health worldwide. Efforts to improve population diets need to focus on creating healthy food environments. INFORMAS, established in 2012, is an international network that monitors and benchmarks food environments and related policies. By 2020, INFORMAS was active in 58 countries; national government policies were the most frequent aspect benchmarked. INFORMAS has resulted in the development and widespread application of standardized methods for assessing the characteristics of food environments. The activities of INFORMAS have contributed substantially to capacity building, advocacy, stakeholder engagement, and policy evaluation in relation to creating healthy food environments. Future efforts to benchmark food environments need to incorporate measurements related to environmental sustainability. For sustained impact, INFORMAS activities will need to be embedded within other existing monitoring initiatives. The most value will come from repeated assessments that help drive increased accountability for improving food environments. Expected final online publication date for the Annual Review of Public Health, Volume 42 is April 2021. Please see http://www.annualreviews.org/page/journal/pubdates for revised estimates.
Language eng
DOI 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-100919-114442
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Field of Research 1117 Public Health and Health Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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