Creating a whole-of-government approach to promoting healthy weight: What can Health in All Policies contribute?

Helen van Eyk, Fran Baum, Toni Delany-Crowe

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    Objectives: This paper examines the opportunities and barriers that the South Australian Health in all Policies (SA HiAP) approach encountered when seeking to establish a whole-of-government response to promoting healthy weight. Methods: The paper draws on data collected during 31 semi-structured interviews, analysis of 113 documents, and a program logic model developed via workshops to show the causal links between strategies and anticipated outcomes. Results: A South Australian Government target to increase healthy weight was supported by SA HiAP to develop a cross-government response. Our analysis shows what supported and hindered implementation. A combination of economic and systemic framing, in conjunction with a co-benefits approach, facilitated intersectoral engagement. The program logic shows how implementation can be expected to contribute to a population with healthy weight. Conclusions: The HiAP approach achieved some success in encouraging a range of government departments to contribute to a healthy weight target. However, a comprehensive approach requires national regulation to address the commercial determinants of health and underlying causes of population obesity in addition to cross-government action to promote population healthy weight through regional government action.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1159-1172
    Number of pages14
    JournalInternational Journal of Public Health
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2019


    • Determinants of health
    • Health in All Policies
    • Healthy public policy
    • Healthy weight
    • Intersectoral action
    • Obesity


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