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Developing a resource package for promoting nutrition in remote Indigenous community stores using shelf labels.



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7th August 2012

It is estimated that 19% of the national Indigenous health gap is attributable to diet related causes, including low fruit and vegetable intake and high consumption of energy-dense foods.
Community members and retailers in remote Indigenous communities have expressed the need for in-store systems that enhance the ability of customers to select healthy foods. While these are popular, little is known about effectiveness and what is needed for ongoing maintenance and sustainability.

The aim of the Menzies Nutrition Promotion and Education in Remote Stores project was to develop a resource package for developing, implementing, maintaining and evaluating programs for promoting nutrition in remote stores using shelf labels. This resource package was informed by four pilot projects that worked with communities, store staff, store organisations and the local nutrition workforce to develop and implement shelf label programs in Queensland and the Northern Territory. The findings from these pilots identified and documented what is needed for strong collaboration to develop nutrition promotion programs in remote stores, solutions to common issues and community preferences for such programs. The findings also offer insignt into the potential of such programs to impact customer purchasing and store sales.
This presentation will provide an overview of the findings from the four pilot projects and discuss the development of a resource package for using shelf labels in remote community stores.

Frances is a Project Officer in the Menzies School of Health Research Nutrition Team. She is currently running the Nutrition Promotion and Education in Remote Stores Project, working across Central Australia, Arnhem Land, Cape York and The Torres Strait.