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How committed are food companies to health?

A new study ranking the nutrition commitments of 25 of New Zealand’s largest food companies has found large variations with some companies leading the way, but many are not doing nearly enough to reduce the biggest cause of ill health in New Zealand, unhealthy diets....

Food-EPI Canada

Creating Healthier Food Environments in Canada: Current Policies and Priority Actions   Food Epi Canada was conducted this year for the first time with the results just released. The research was led by Dr Lana Vanderlee and Dr. Mary L’Abbe and the reports are...

INFORMAS Announces the Release of The Foodback App

The Foodback app “Your feedback for healthier food places” has now launched and is available on both Android and iOS stores. The Foodback app should facilitate a more straightforward data collection for certain settings and especially for advertising in school food...

How committed are food companies to health?

A new study ranking the nutrition commitments of 25 of New Zealand’s largest food companies has found large variations with some companies leading the way, but many are not doing nearly enough to reduce the biggest cause of ill health in New Zealand, unhealthy diets....

Food-EPI Canada

Creating Healthier Food Environments in Canada: Current Policies and Priority Actions   Food Epi Canada was conducted this year for the first time with the results just released. The research was led by Dr Lana Vanderlee and Dr. Mary L’Abbe and the reports are...

INFORMAS Announces the Release of The Foodback App

The Foodback app “Your feedback for healthier food places” has now launched and is available on both Android and iOS stores. The Foodback app should facilitate a more straightforward data collection for certain settings and especially for advertising in school food...

Paying For the Price of Convenience

          Meals prepared at home are cheaper than popular takeaway meals, and most remained cheaper even when accounting for the cost of preparation time. This is the surprising finding of a University of Auckland study which compared the cost of six popular takeaway...

Unhealthy food choices pushed to youngsters on websites

Many food websites are using sophisticated marketing to target and engage children and adolescents to market unhealthy food choices. A new study, published today in the NZ Medical Journal, analysed the extent and nature of unhealthy food marketing to New Zealand...

Benchmarking Food Environments – 2017

During April-May 2017, New Zealand’s second Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) was conducted with a group of 71 NZ independent and Government experts. They evaluated progress by the Government on implementing policies to increase the healthiness of food...

Upcoming conference/INFORMAS networking opportunity

International Congress on Nutrition (ICN), Buenos Aires, Argentina, 15-20 October 2017. There will be two INFORMAS symposia based on different country experiences in implementing INFORMAS: Symposium 1 is on the Food EPI (Public Sector) and Symposium 2 is on food...

ICO meeting, Vancouver, Canada

The 13th International Congress on Obesity (ICO) took place 1-4 May 2016, in Vancouver, Canada. At ICO, Boyd Swinburn and Stefanie Vandevijvere organised an informal INFORMAS meeting open to module leaders, country representatives and anyone interested in learning...

Too much food driving obesity epidemic

Too much energy-dense food is driving the obesity epidemic in high income countries like New Zealand, say the authors of a new global study. In a study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, lead author Dr Stefanie Vandevijvere from the School of...

New tool supports healthy food in schools

A new online tool will be launched next month to enable schools to self-review the healthiness of the food and beverages they have available and support them in improving their food environments where needed. The launch of the new School Food Environment Review and...

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