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Removing sugary drinks from hospitals, health services a positive step
Thursday 8 June 2017
The Obesity Policy Coalition has applauded the NSW Government for committing to remove all sugary drinks and boost healthy food choices in its hospitals and health services, in a change to take effect from December.
OPC welcomes funding boost for chronic disease and obesity prevention initiatives and research
Thursday 11 May 2017
The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has welcomed the Federal Budget announcement of $10m for research into chronic disease prevention, $10m for walking interventions and $5 million to enable better GP interventions for patients with obesity, but obesity prevention is still incredibly underfunded.
Landmark report sets out ambitious roadmap to tackle obesity and unhealthy diets
Monday 20 February 2017
A landmark study involving more than 100 nutrition and policy experts from 53 organisations across the country has identified critical action areas for Australian governments to tackle the rise of obesity through unhealthy diets - now one of the leading causes of preventable death and disability in Australia.
4 in 5 Victorians support kilojoules on the menu: survey shows
Friday 10 February 2017
Leading health organisations have today congratulated the Victorian Government for passing legislation to make kilojoule labelling on menus mandatory, as new data shows the majority of Victorians support the move, along with an education campaign.
New report highlights urgent need for national obesity strategy
Thursday 8 December 2016
As new figures reveal high rates of overweight and obesity right across the country, the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) is calling for a national obesity strategy to address a serious and widespread weight problem.
Unilever Paddle Pop ad found in breach of responsible marketing to kids code
Wednesday 7 December 2016
Australia's independent advertising watchdog, the Advertising Standards Board (ASB) has found Unilever in breach of the Responsible Children's Marketing Initiative (RCMI) after a complaint by the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) was upheld.
Grattan report shows the time is right for a sugary drinks tax in Australia
Wednesday 23 November 2016
The Obesity Policy Coalition has welcomed a major Grattan Institute report recommending the introduction of a tax on sugary drinks in Australia, which is urgently needed to help curb increasing rates of obesity and chronic disease.
OPC applauds Greens for committing to sugary drinks tax
Wednesday 22 June 2016
The Obesity Policy Coalition has welcomed The Greens' pledge to introduce a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks as part of its broader plan to combat Australia's worsening obesity problem.
Heinz under spotlight over 'healthy' high-sugar toddler snacks
Tuesday 21 June 2016
Food companies who make misleading health claims on children's products have been put on notice today by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
OPC welcomes Labor's plan to tackle obesity, chronic disease
Monday 20 June 2016
The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has welcomed Labor's plan to prevent chronic disease but warns more needs to be done to reduce the impact of obesity.
Unhealthy snack bars don't reveal health rating: survey
Monday 16 May 2016
More than 63 per cent of snack bars on major supermarket shelves do not display the Government-led Health Star Rating System and some manufacturers only use the stars on high-rating products, a new survey from the Obesity Policy Coalition has revealed.
Sugary drinks tax could save 1,600+ lives: study
Thursday 14 April 2016
A 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks in Australia could save more than 1,600 lives and raise $400 million per year for much-needed obesity prevention initiatives, new research co-authored by the Obesity Policy Coalition has revealed.
KJs on the menu: a healthy step for Victorians
Thursday 7 April 2016
The Obesity Policy Coalition has welcomed the Victorian Government's announcement this morning that it will implement mandatory kilojoule labelling in chain fast food outlets and supermarkets across the state.
Australia making no progress to prevent obesity, alcohol harm: MJA report
Monday 4 April 2016
Australia's investment in life-saving health promotion programs now lags well behind many other comparable Western countries, public health experts say.
Australia should follow UK with 20% sugary drinks tax
Thursday 17 March 2016
The Federal Government should implement a 20% tax on sugary drinks to improve the health of Australians and reduce the burden of chronic disease, according to Jane Martin, Executive Manager, Obesity Policy Coalition.
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