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Promoting Healthy Eating Habits in the Working Population: The FOOD Program

Caraher, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-0615-839X, Jakšic, D., Dolciami, F. , Stigliani, A. & Wynne-Jones, R. (2017). Promoting Healthy Eating Habits in the Working Population: The FOOD Program. MOJ Public Health, 6(4), doi: 10.15406/mojph.2017.06.00181


Objective: Promote healthy diets through offer and demand, drawing workers' attention to diet and modifying food offers through educating food suppliers.

Methods: Target group today over six million workers and 430.000 restaurants. Activities in restaurants and companies: Monitoring is carried out by an annual survey.

Results: 2015 over 70% of Italian workers have lunch break every day, 41% inside and 59% outside the workplace (Europe 60% and 30%). 70% consider local and seasonal products important and 21% declare to be familiar with the programme, and 25% are prepared to change their eating habits. Italian restaurant owners state that 90% of their staff has good level of knowledge and 67% are willing to serve balanced meals (85% and 56% Europe).

Conclusion and implications: The programme is giving good results, but also confirms that there is still to be done, particularly in the field of education and information in workplaces.

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Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management > Food Policy
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