Monthly Archives: June 2014
Autonomy wins…or does it?
New York City’s Board of Health has been silenced by the New York State Court of Appeals in a 4-to-2 decision against limiting sales of jumbo sugary drinks, as reported in the New York Times. This is a huge victory for the American soft drink industry and a difficult day for New Yorkers wanting to […]
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Dazzled by the stars?…perhaps not
Choice recently conducted an analysis of 260 children’s snacks and calculated the star rating corresponding to each snack based on the information provided on the labels. Their report Kids’ lunch box snacks reveals more about how they performed the analysis, the lacklustre results, and the voluntary health star rating system.
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HealthyLaws PhD student receives scholarship
Lucy Martin, one of the PhD scholars working with the HealthyLaws team, has been awarded the Konrad Jamrozik Student Scholarship by the Public Health Association Australia (SA Branch). The scholarship will enable Lucy to attend the PHAA 43rd Annual Conference in Perth to present her work. Congratulations, Lucy!
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New release: Australia’s health 2014 (AIHW)
The 14th biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Australia’s health 2014 was released on 25 June 2014. This edition highlights two themes: The interaction of health behaviours and risk factors on our wellbeing and the impact of chronic disease in Australia, on an individual and nationwide level. Chapter 6 contains […]
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Finding someone to blame
While there have been discussions in the media about childhood obesity raising child protection concerns, the 2010 BMJ article Childhood protection and obesity: framework for practice draws attention to the fact that obesity alone is not a child protection concern. It further highlights the importance of assessing other areas of concern, including (but not limited […]
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Pushing for policy change
A recent BBC news article Health group calls for ‘sugar tax’ to cut child obesity informs of the efforts a campaign group called Action on Sugar is making to convince the UK Government to take legal measures in the form of a ‘sugar tax’ to reduce the consumption of sugar. Action on Sugar is advised […]
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Healthy food at school
In April 2014 the US Department of Agriculture, awarded $25 million in grants to schools to help them purchase kitchen equipment to support healthy food preparation. Over 90 percent of schools report that they are successfully meeting the updated nutrition standards, serving meals with more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and low-fat dairy, and […]
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2014 ANZOS / ALMA Annual Scientific Meeting
October 2014 Conference title: 2014 ANZOS / ALMA Annual Scientific Meeting: Obesity is everyone’s challenge Organisers: The Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) and the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association (ALMA) When: 16th – 18th October 2014 Where: Sydney, Australia Who should attend: researchers and practitioners who are focussed on the prevention, treatment and management of obesity as well as the promotion […]
UK Congress on Obesity Conference
September 2014 Conference title: UK Congress on Obesity Organisers: Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) When: 16th – 17th September 2014 Where: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus, UK
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Citizens’ Jury Event
The HealthyLaws Project will be holding a Citizens’ Jury in April 2015. If you would like to find out more about citizens’ juries, you can read Jo Lenaghan’s paper Involving the public in rationing decisions. The experience of citizens juries.
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