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The role of non government organisations in promoting healthy eating

The role of non – government organisations in promoting healthy eating

What you need to know

What you need to Know

  • Key Knowledge

    • the role of Australia’s non-government agencies, including Nutrition Australia and the Heart Foundation, in providing dietary advice to promote healthy eating.

  • Key Skills

    • Explain and draw informed conclusions about the role of government and non-government agencies in promoting healthy eating

Non government organisations

Non- Government Organisations

  • Not-for-profit groups that are organised on local, national and international levels

  • Two NGOs that have developed nutritional guides that provide healthy eating advice are:

    • Nutrition Australia

    • Heart Foundation

Nutrition australia

Nutrition Australia

  • Vision

  • To be the leading nutrition advocate in preventative health

  • Mission

  • To deliver products, programs and services to corporate and community groups, schools, government and the general public


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Nutrition Australia

  • Objectives

    • To act as a source of scientific information on key nutrition issues

    • To produce and disseminate material on nutrition to policy makers, the media, educators, the food industry and consumers

    • To act as consults to the government, the food industry, and consumer groups on nutrition issues

    • To encourage innovation in the dissemination of nutritional knowledge

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Nutrition Australia

  • Actions (how does it promote healthy eating)

    • Menu assessments (eg: hospitals and schools)

    • Food selection models (eg: Healthy living pyramid)

    • Publications (for healthy living and weight loss)

    • Food industry consultancies( helping manufacturers make food more nutritious )

    • Coordination of events in the annual National Nutrition Week

Healthy living pyramid

Healthy Living Pyramid

  • A trademark of Nutrition Australia for 20 years

  • It has been very successful because of how visual and simple it is to follow

  • It is a great tool for health workers and the general public

  • The pyramid is divided in to three sections:

    • Eat most

    • Eat moderately

    • Eat in small amounts

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Healthy Living Pyramid

  • Uses

    • Valuable guide for all meals

    • Helps identify food intake

    • Visual, easy to interpret and use

    • Based on the dietary guidelines

    • Shows the food groups with proportions

    • Draws attention to physical activity, reducing salt and included water which are often overlooked

    • Successfully adapted to other cultures and population groups

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Healthy Living Pyramid

  • Limitations

    • Serving sizes not identified

    • Proportions are represented, but not specific amounts (servings)

    • Sometimes hard to determine where some foods fit

      • Eg: fruit tart

The heart foundation

The Heart Foundation

  • Mission

    • To reduce suffering and death from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease in Australia


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The Heart Foundation

  • Objectives

    • To support and inform people with or at risk of CVD

    • To build partnerships with; government, other health organisations, media and community groups to implement programs to improve CVHealth

    • To ensure CVD patients receive best possible care

    • Work with local gov. to create healthier environments (eg: walking tracks etc)

    • Promote lifestyle changes among all Australians

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The Heart Foundation

  • Actions (how do they promote healthy eating)

    • HP programs such as the tick program, go red for women and jump rope for heart

    • Telephone information service (education and support)

    • Website (education and support)

    • Fundraising to researchers examining issues related to cardiovascular disease

    • Education programs on prevention and rehabilitation of CVD

Tick program

Tick Program

  • A lifestyle factor that contributes to CVD is a person’s eating habits

  • The tick program was established in 1989 as a strategy to change eating habits

  • The tick is a guide to help people make healthy food choices quickly and easily

  • It also helps food manufactures to develop or modify products that meet the tick criteria

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Tick Program

  • Criteria

    • Saturated fat levels

    • Trans fat levels

    • Kilojoules

    • Salt

    • Fibre

    • Calcium

  • Tick foods are generally lower in fat and salt and higher in other nutrients

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Tick Program

  • Objectives

    • Enable buyers to easily identify food that is low in fat and salt and higher in fibre

    • Provide an incentive to the food industry to develop food that is consistent the Heart Foundation nutrition philosophy

    • Promote public awareness and understanding of the tick logo

    • Educate the public on the use of approved foods in the context of a healthy eating pattern

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Tick Program

  • Help buyers indentify healthier options

  • Uses

    • Provide incentives for the food industry to make healthier options

    • Strict nutritional standards must be meet for a tick to be granted

    • Helps increase nutritional education of the public

  • Limitations

    • Companies need to pay for the tick

    • Tick products are healthier choices within a food group, so some may still contain foods relatively high in fat (eg: margarine)

  • Go red for women

    Go red for women

    • Did you know 90% of Australian women have at least one risk factor for heart disease? Or that it is the No. 1 killer of Australian women?

    • Go Red for Women is the Heart Foundation’s campaign to encourage women to make healthier choices and reduce their risk of heart disease

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    Go red for women

    • These are alarming figures but they don’t need to be. The Go Red for Women campaign is designed to raise awareness about women and heart disease, encourage women to understand the risks and make healthier choices to reduce their risk.

    • Heart disease is largely preventable. Start by learning what you need to know:

    • The heart disease risk factors, including being overweight, being physically inactive, smoking and having a family history of heart disease

    • The clinical heart disease risk factors, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Almost 30% of Australian women have one or more of these yet many don’t know they are risk factors that must be managed. These risk factors don’t usually have obvious symptoms. Find out more about them today

    • The link between menopause and heart disease

    • How taking oral contraceptives can affect the risk of developing heart disease

    • Whether hormone replacement therapy should be used to treat heart disease in women

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