Members of the writing group for this manuscript, listed in order of their contribution to the writing of the manuscript.
Monitoring foods and beverages provided and sold in public sector settings
Version of Record online: 17 SEP 2013
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Special Issue: INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity/non-communicable diseases, Research, Monitoring and Action Support): rationale, framework and approach
Volume 14, Issue Supplement S1, pages 96–107, October 2013
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L'Abbé, M., Schermel, A., Minaker, L., Kelly, B., Lee, A., Vandevijvere, S., Twohig, P., Barquera, S., Friel, S., Hawkes, C., Kumanyika, S., Lobstein, T., Ma, J., Macmullan, J., Mohan, S., Monteiro, C., Neal, B., Rayner, M., Sacks, G., Sanders, D., Snowdon, W., Swinburn, B., Walker, C. and INFORMAS (2013), Monitoring foods and beverages provided and sold in public sector settings. Obesity Reviews, 14: 96–107. doi: 10.1111/obr.12079
- Issue online: 17 SEP 2013
- Version of Record online: 17 SEP 2013
- The Rockefeller Foundation
- International Obesity Taskforce
- University of Auckland
- Deakin University
- The George Institute
- University of Sydney
- Queensland University of Technology
- University of Oxford
- University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
- World Cancer Research Fund International
- University of Toronto
- The Australian National University
- Faculty of Health at Deakin University
- Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence in Obesity Policy and Food Systems
- Food provision;
- public settings;
This paper outlines a step-wise framework for monitoring foods and beverages provided or sold in publicly funded institutions. The focus is on foods in schools, but the framework can also be applied to foods provided or sold in other publicly funded institutions. Data collection and evaluation within this monitoring framework will consist of two components. In component I, information on existing food or nutrition policies and/or programmes within settings would be compiled. Currently, nutrition standards and voluntary guidelines associated with such policies/programmes vary widely globally. This paper, which provides a comprehensive review of such standards and guidelines, will facilitate institutional learnings for those jurisdictions that have not yet established them or are undergoing review of existing ones. In component II, the quality of foods provided or sold in public sector settings is evaluated relative to existing national or sub-national nutrition standards or voluntary guidelines. Where there are no (or only poor) standards or guidelines available, the nutritional quality of foods can be evaluated relative to standards of a similar jurisdiction or other appropriate standards. Measurement indicators are proposed (within ‘minimal’, ‘expanded’ and ‘optimal’ approaches) that can be used to monitor progress over time in meeting policy objectives, and facilitate comparisons between countries.