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22 Jun 2021

Staff Profile: Damian Maganja

Damian is a Research Associate and PhD Candidate in the Food Policy Division at The George Institute for Global Health. His PhD research focusses on novel interventions to improve food environments and support healthier dietary patterns, and he is also engaged in broader work on food regulation policy and governance. Before joining the team, he […]

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22 Jun 2021

Eating less salt could save many lives in Fiji

A report prepared by Health Technology Analysts, in collaboration with the George Institute for Global Health, Fiji National University, The University of Sydney and Deakin University, investigated the potential impact of salt reduction in Fiji. Released on the 14th of May, the report shows that with only minimal investment from the government in reducing salt […]

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22 Jun 2021

Major Australian Supermarket reduces salt in bakery products

One of Australia’s leading supermarkets, Coles, has significantly reduced the amount of salt in more than 40 of its bakery products. Leavened loaves of bread now contain as little as 274mg of sodium per 100g, down from 375mg per 100g in 2019. The reformulation occurred during February 2021, and consumers have not noticed any change […]

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22 Jun 2021

National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative (NSSRI)

The New York Health Department convenes the National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative (NSSRI), a partnership of over 100 local, state, and national health organizations. Initially, the initiative focused on salt reduction, setting targets for packaged and restaurants foods. On the 24th of February, they expanded their focus to include sugar by establishing sugar reduction […]

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27 Mar 2018

Food industry in Canada fail to meet salt reduction targets

Voluntary targets for sodium in various processed foods were introduced by the federal government (Health Canada) in Canada four years ago. These targets focused on 94 food categories within processed foods, aiming to reduce average sodium intake to 2,300mg in a two year period, yet in an evaluation of 10,000 products within the 94 food [...]
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27 Mar 2018

Know your numbers – World Hypertension Day

World Hypertension League is targeting hypertension awareness with World Hypertension Day on the 17th of May. The theme of Know Your Numbers is aiming to increase awareness of high blood pressure. This campaign ties in with May Measurement Month, through the International Society of Hypertension, and is a global synchronised screening campaign, setting up free [...]
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27 Mar 2018

Salty Sausages a Health Risk on Australian BBQ’s

Research conducted by the George Institute for Global Health, in collaboration with the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and the Heart Foundation Victoria, showed that the Australian BBQ favourite- sausages- contain on average over a quarter (28%) of recommended daily salt intake in one sausage alone. Data was analysed from 2010-2017, with data collected from [...]
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28 Mar 2017

Salt levels in bread in Australia declined from 2010 to 2017

Australian researchers have found some rye and sourdough breads contain more salt than a packet of chips pic.twitter.com/CfwAlOFWIK — ABC News 24 (@ABCNews24) March 21, 2017 In support of WSAW 2017, the George Institute for Global Health conducted a survey to look at the salt contents of packaged breads sold in Australia. The study analysed [...]
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17 Feb 2017
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ASTHO Issue Brief on Food Service Industry Partnerships

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) published an issue brief which highlights insights for state health agencies around working with food service management companies (FSMCs), developing food service guidelines and improving industry partnerships. The ideas generated through interview of FSMCs, a survey of state chronic disease directors, and virtual roundtable discussions. Six […]

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17 Feb 2017
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WHO Nutrient Profile Model for the Western Pacific Region

The World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office (WHO-WPRO) recently published a tool to protect children from marketing of unhealthy foods and non-alcoholic beverages. The Regional Nutrient Profile Model aims to aid countries in identifying foods that are commonly marketed to children–through media including television, radio, newspapers, billboards and banners–that should be prohibited. The model […]

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