Are we getting consistent health messages from our health practitioners. A recent finding from our citizens’ jury is that some health practitioners might be sending confusing messages to their patients, For example, one participant reported that they had been advised by the dentist not to breastfeed as their is sugar in breast milk. This is […]
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Taxing sugary drinks
Sugar sweetened drinks are an obvious target for policy initiatives for population-wide obesity prevention mostly because they have no redeeming nutritional value and they provide calories without impacting on satiety. A meta-analysis published in BMC Public Health in 2013 (1) supported the use of taxes in that it suggested that an increase in price for […]
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The benefits of cycling
A recent British report encapsulates the value of cycling to society -17 billion saving to the NHS, increased mobility for low income families, decreased traffic congestion, reduced road deaths, increased retail sales, reduced air pollution and reduced demand on parking spaces. See report here A guardian article provides some context for the report. See article […]
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Can Coca-Cola contribute to healthy living?
A recent article in the bmj titled Is Coca-Cola’s antiobesity scheme the real thing? reveals that The Coca-Cola Zero ParkLives scheme is alive and well. The scheme focuses on Coca-Cola raising physical activity levels through programs the soft drink company offers in parks across the UK. Councils appear to have embraced the scheme and, according to the report, are happy to advertise […]
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Congratulations to ARC Future Fellows!
A/Professor Megan Warin is a HealthyLaws research team member and Dr Emma Baker a HealthyLaws Advisory Committee Member. Both are academics at the University of Adelaide. We are delighted that A/Professor Warin and Dr Baker have received Australian Research Council Future Fellowships and warmly congratulate them on their success. Below are details of each project. Future […]
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Citizens’ Jury in Australia supports a tax on soft drinks
Citizens’ Juries are helpful in determining community views. They are made up of community members and involve the provision of expert information from sources pertinent to the topic under consideration as well as any source the Jury identifies as required for their deliberation on the issue. Jurors consider the expert information and deliberate on the […]
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Voluntary health star rating system given tick of approval
The controversial front-of-pack labelling involving a 5-star health rating system for food and drinks was recently approved. The system will enable consumers to better judge the nutritional content in the products they purchase but it is voluntary. The ABC’s report on the health star rating system gives insight into how the Public Health Association of […]
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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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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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