It Is Time to Make Policy for Healthier Food Environments in Australian Universities
AbstractThe obesogenic food environment is likely driving excessive weight gain in young adults. Our study aimed to investigate the nutritional quality of current food and drink offerings in an Australian university. This cross-sectional study included baseline environmental audits of 30 food outlets and 62 vending machines across campus. A recent food and drink benchmark for health facilities by state government was used to classify the food and beverage offerings. It recommended food outlets and vending machines to offer at least 75% ‘Everyday’ (healthy) and less than 25% ‘Occasional’ (less healthy) foods and drinks. Sugary drinks and options with large portion sizes and unhealthy ingredients should be removed from sale. Only two beverage vending machines and none of the food outlets met the full recommendations. The overall proportions of Everyday and Occasional foods in food outlets were 35% and 22%, respectively with 43% falling into the category that should not be sold. Sugary drinks occupied a third of beverage varieties in outlets and 38% of beverage slots in vending machines. The current university food environment was poorly compliant with the existing benchmark. Specific food policy in the university setting may be needed to make healthier choices more accessible to young adults. View Full-Text
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Shi, Y.; Wang, Q.; Norman, C.; Allman-Farinelli, M.; Colagiuri, S. It Is Time to Make Policy for Healthier Food Environments in Australian Universities. Nutrients 2018, 10, 1909.
Shi Y, Wang Q, Norman C, Allman-Farinelli M, Colagiuri S. It Is Time to Make Policy for Healthier Food Environments in Australian Universities. Nutrients. 2018; 10(12):1909.Chicago/Turabian Style
Shi, Yumeng; Wang, Qing; Norman, Courtney; Allman-Farinelli, Margaret; Colagiuri, Stephen. 2018. "It Is Time to Make Policy for Healthier Food Environments in Australian Universities." Nutrients 10, no. 12: 1909.
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