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Policies to promote healthy eating in Europe: a structured review of policies and their effectiveness

(2012) NUTRITION REVIEWS. 70(3). p.188-200
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This review provides a classification of public policies to promote healthier eating as well as a structured mapping of existing measures in Europe. Complete coverage of alternative policy types was ensured by complementing the review with a selection of major interventions from outside Europe. Under the auspices of the Seventh Framework Programme's Eatwell Project, funded by the European Commission, researchers from five countries reviewed a representative selection of policy actions based on scientific papers, policy documents, grey literature, government websites, other policy reviews, and interviews with policy-makers. This work resulted in a list of 129 policy interventions, 121 of which were in Europe. For each type of policy, a critical review of its effectiveness was conducted, based on the evidence currently available. The results of this review indicate a need exists for a more systematic and accurate evaluation of government-level interventions as well as for a stronger focus on actual behavioral change rather than changes in attitude or intentions alone. The currently available evidence is very heterogeneous across policy types and is often incomplete.
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behavior, fat tax, information, obesity, policy evaluation, public policy, INCREASING FRUIT, CHRONIC DISEASES, VEGETABLE INTAKE, SNACK FOODS, FAT TAX, OBESITY, EDUCATION, PROGRAM, COST, IMPLEMENTATION

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Capacci, Sara, Mario Mazzocchi, Bhavani Shankar, José Brambila Macias, Wim Verbeke, Armando Perez Cueto Eulert, Agnieszka Kozioł-Kozakowska, et al. 2012. “Policies to Promote Healthy Eating in Europe: a Structured Review of Policies and Their Effectiveness.” Nutrition Reviews 70 (3): 188–200.
APA
Capacci, S., Mazzocchi, M., Shankar, B., Brambila Macias, J., Verbeke, W., Perez Cueto Eulert, A., Kozioł-Kozakowska, A., et al. (2012). Policies to promote healthy eating in Europe: a structured review of policies and their effectiveness. NUTRITION REVIEWS, 70(3), 188–200.
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Capacci S, Mazzocchi M, Shankar B, Brambila Macias J, Verbeke W, Perez Cueto Eulert A, et al. Policies to promote healthy eating in Europe: a structured review of policies and their effectiveness. NUTRITION REVIEWS. 2012;70(3):188–200.
MLA
Capacci, Sara, Mario Mazzocchi, Bhavani Shankar, et al. “Policies to Promote Healthy Eating in Europe: a Structured Review of Policies and Their Effectiveness.” NUTRITION REVIEWS 70.3 (2012): 188–200. Print.
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  journal      = {NUTRITION REVIEWS},
  keyword      = {behavior,fat tax,information,obesity,policy evaluation,public policy,INCREASING FRUIT,CHRONIC DISEASES,VEGETABLE INTAKE,SNACK FOODS,FAT TAX,OBESITY,EDUCATION,PROGRAM,COST,IMPLEMENTATION},
  language     = {eng},
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  pages        = {188--200},
  title        = {Policies to promote healthy eating in Europe: a structured review of policies and their effectiveness},
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