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No team spirit: McDonald's breaks promise again by giving fast food vouchers to children

Tuesday 11 November 2014
For the second time in just a few months McDonald's has been found to be in breach of its commitment to refrain from marketing products to children that are not healthy choices after another complaint was upheld by the Advertising Standards Board.

Fat chance of a fair game: new sports drinks proposal will mislead consumers on nutritional information, experts warn

Tuesday 23 September 2014
The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) is warning that proposed changes to food regulations could allow popular sports drinks with nearly as much sugar as soft drink to carry health claims, which could mislead the public into thinking they were healthier choices than water.

OPC applauds Greens' policy to phase out junk food advertising from junior sport and outdoor areas

Friday 5 September 2014
The Obesity Policy Coalition applauds The Greens on the launch of its new plan to combat harmful advertising to children and urges other political parties to follow suit.

On the menu for next Vic Govt: Better fast food labelling, less junk in kids' sport & beefed up planning laws

Friday 18 July 2014
The Obesity Policy Coalition today called on all Victorian political parties to commit to taking action towards stemming the burden of lifestyle-related chronic disease in Victorian communities with the launch of its 2014 state election policy platform Next Steps: building on the prevention system to address overweight and obesity in Victoria.

Australians 180,000 tonnes overweight & gaining 5,000 tonnes per year

Tuesday 8 July 2014
The Obesity Policy Coalition called for a national coordinated action plan to address the obesity issue, following the release of a new "state of the nation" report by Roy Morgan Research this morning.

OPC Congratulates Food Ministers for supporting Healthy Star Rating Scheme

Friday 27 June 2014
The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) have congratulated the Ministers at the Food Ministers’ Forum[1] meeting today in Sydney for their support of the Health Star Rating (HSR) system and agreeing to re-establish the website that facilitates the HSR on packaged food.

Health Star Rating Call on Food Ministers

Thursday 26 June 2014
The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Obesity Policy Coalition have called on Ministers at the Food Ministers' Forum tomorrow to support the Health Star Rating system and to re-establish the website that facilitates the new Health Star Rating on packaged food.

New COAG Report: Obesity tops the list of areas of concern for Australia's future health

Thursday 12 June 2014
The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) is calling for government action to stem the obesity epidemic following the release of the COAG Reform Council's final report on healthcare reform.

New WHO guidelines should be a call to industry to stop sugarcoating kids' foods

Thursday 6 March 2014
Australia needs to take action in response to new World Health Organization guidelines around sugar consumption, according to a coalition of leading health organisations, the Obesity Policy Coalition.

ACT Govt gets Gold Star for Action on Sugary Drinks in Schools

Friday 21 February 2014
The Obesity Policy Coalition has applauded the ACT Government for moving to phase out sugary drinks from government schools therefore removing one of the biggest contributors to extra sugar in children's diets.

Latest opinion poll shows thumbs down for junk food sponsorship of kids sport

Friday 13 December 2013
Almost seven out of 10 Australian adults believe the sponsorship of children's sporting activities by fast food chains such as McDonald's and KFC should be restricted, if not stopped entirely.

Australia should follow Mexico's lead and investigate tax on soft drinks and junk food

Wednesday 6 November 2013
As Mexico enters the final stages to introduce a tax on sugary soft drink and junk food, new public opinion data reveals Australians are also in favour of pricing interventions to improve health, with more than two thirds (68%) in support of increasing the price of unhealthy foods and using the money to reduce the cost of healthy foods.

Federal Government must commit to action plan on obesity prevention

Thursday 24 October 2013
The Obesity Policy Coalition is calling on the Federal Government to commit to a national action plan to prevent obesity following today's release of figures by the National Health Performance Authority.

Health groups throw down the challenge to Coca Cola

Wednesday 11 September 2013
Peak health and community organisations have written to senior leaders in Coca-Cola's Australian and New Zealand operations calling for the company to stop weight-washing the issue of obesity with expensive advertising, and instead take practical steps to address the core drivers of weight gain.

Greens Commit to Ban on Junk Food Advertising to Children

Friday 9 August 2013
As part of a policy announcement, the Greens have confirmed they will target junk food advertisers as part of a preventative health plan to tackle childhood obesity.
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