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What can we learn from Healthy Islands?

Francis Lusem, a member of the Healthy Sianios and Samo Villages project in Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea. Francis helped his community transform the land behind him from a swamp to a healthier setting.         In the Pacific, the concept of Healthy Islands is enshrined in the Yanuca Island Declaration (1995) that […]

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Making Healthier Food Choices Part 2 – Stop Signs

  Australian consumers need clearer and more effective guidance for choosing healthy foods. In the context of national guidelines promoting wellbeing through food, physical activity and mental health, and to protect Chileans, and particularly children, from a growing supply of processed and ultra-processed food and beverages, Chile’s Ministry of Health (MOH) introduced front-of-package warning labels […]

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How do I have a conversation with a patient about their weight?

Did you know 2 out of 3 Australian’s live with overweight or obesity and that 2 out of 3 of these Australian’s would like their health practitioner to initiate a conversation about weight? In such a conversation, general practitioners (GP’s) can use words and phrases that engage patients in weight loss interventions, even in the […]

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Championing Nutrition in Medical Education

We are facing a double burden of malnutrition – a large proportion of the worlds’ population are overweight or obese and yet others struggle to get enough food. Non-communicable diseases are now the leading cause of death worldwide and numbers are increasing. Knowledge of and access to healthy food is critical for reducing this global burden. […]

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Making Healthier Food Choices Part One – Stars

Australia’s health star rating (HSR) system has been in place since 2014 but 73% of stakeholders who provided feedback for the 5-year review said that it has been ineffective at meeting the overall objective of ‘providing convenient, relevant and readily understood nutrition information and/or guidance on food packs to assist consumers to make informed food […]

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