Healthy Food Procurement Policy: An Important Intervention to Aid the Reduction in Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • In 2010, unhealthy diets were estimated to be the leading risk for death and disability in Canada and globally. Although important, policies aimed at improving individual's skills in selecting and eating healthy foods has had a limited effect. Policies that create healthy eating environments are strongly recommended but have not yet been effectively and/or broadly implemented in Canada. Widespread adoption of healthy food procurement policies are strongly recommended in this policy statement from the Hypertension Advisory Committee with support from 15 major national health organizations. The policy statement calls on governments to take a leadership role, but also outlines key roles for the commercial and noncommercial sectors including health and scientific organizations and the Canadian public. The policy statement is based on a systematic review of healthy food procurement interventions that found them to be almost uniformly effective at improving sales and purchases of healthy foods. Successful food procurement policies are nearly always accompanied by supporting education programs and some by pricing policies. Ensuring access and availability to affordable healthy foods and beverages in public and private sector settings could play a substantive role in the prevention of noncommunicable diseases and health risks such as obesity, hypertension, and ultimately improve cardiovascular health.

authors

  • Campbell, Norm
  • Duhaney, Tara
  • Arango, Manuel
  • Ashley, Lisa A
  • Bacon, Simon L
  • Gelfer, Mark
  • Kaczorowski, Janusz
  • Mang, Eric
  • Morris, Dorothy
  • Nagpal, Seema
  • Tsuyuki, Ross T
  • Willis, Kevin J

publication date

  • November 2014