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Key Resources for Healthy Food Procurement

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Resolve to Save Lives

Nutrition standards guide developed by Resolve to Save Lives that governments can use to procure healthy foods and beverages purchased, served and/or sold in government settings such as schools, public hospitals, childcare or child development facilities, correctional facilities and government workplaces.

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RESOLVE TO SAVE LIVES

Core principles, benefits and resources for implementing healthy food procurement and service policies.

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Monitoring foods and beverages provided and sold in public sector settings

Step-wise framework for monitoring, includes: 1) previous monitoring activities of school food programs, and 2) survey questions for initial assessment.

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INFORMAS

The policy index measures the extent of implementation of health food environment policies by governments compared to international best practice and includes a module on Food Provision. Scientific article describes in detail: L’Abbe M, Schermel A, Minaker L, Kelly B, Lee A, Vandevijvere S, Twohig P, Sarquera S, Friel S, Hawkes C, et al. Monitoring foods and beverages provided and sold in public sector settings. Obesity Reviews. 2013;14(Suppl. 1):96–107l.

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NIEBYLSKI ML ET AL. INT J ENVIRON RES PUBLIC HEALTH. 2014.

Systematic review of the evidence base for healthy food procurement policies

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World Health Organization

Describes five key elements of a healthy diet.

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WHO

This paper sets out an approach to measure the implementation of the WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (DPAS) at country level and proposes a framework and indicators for this purpose. The indicators provided in this document should be seen as examples to be used, as appropriate, after adjusting to the country reality. The proposed framework and indicators are intended to provide a simple and reliable tool for Member States. The indicators are also intended to be flexible and adaptable to national circumstances and to take into account existing as well as planned activities in surveillance and monitoring.

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Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations

Results of global survey on school meals; report identifies key aspects to consider when developing or updating school meal program standards.

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World Cancer Research Fund International

Searchable database of implemented policies to promote healthy diets and reduce obesity. Use Section O (Offer healthy food and set standards in public institutions and other specific settings) to search for public food procurement examples.

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Adapted from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

A template for organizational food policy guidelines adapted from the CDC