Monitoring foods and beverages provided and sold in public sector settings

Mary L'Abbe, Alyssa Schermel, Leia Minaker, Bridget Kelly, Andy Lee, Stefanie Vandevijvere, Patrick Twohig, Simon Barquera, Sharon Friel, Corinna Hawkes, Shiriki Kumanyika, Tim Lobstein, Jia Qi Ma, J MacMullan, Sailesh Mohan, Carlos Monteiro, Bruce Neal, Mike Rayner, Gary Sacks, David SandersWendy Snowdon, Boyd Swinburn, Celeste Walker

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    Summary: 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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)96-107
    Number of pages12
    JournalObesity Reviews
    Issue numbers1
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


    • Food provision
    • Public settings
    • Schools


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