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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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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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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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