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Monitoring the health impacts of mandatory folic acid and iodine fortification 2016

This report assesses the health effects of mandatory folic acid and iodine fortification, introduced to help reduce the prevalence of neural tube defects and address the re emergence of iodine deficiency in the population. Mandatory fortification resulted in increased levels of folic acid and iodine in the food supply, increased folic acid and iodine intakes, a decreased rate of neural tube defects in Australia, and improved iodine status in the general populations in Australia and New Zealand.

Food for thought: what do short questions on food habits tell us about dietary intakes?

Short questions on food habits, such as 'How many serves of fruit do you usually eat each day?' are often used to assess dietary behaviours. This report presents analysis of the 2007 Australian National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey to assess how well responses to short questions compare with more comprehensive tools, such as keeping a diary of all food eaten over two 24-hour periods. Results show that short questions may be a reasonable proxy for type of milk usually consumed and a reasonable approximation of fruit and vegetable intake, but are of limited value for predicting sodium or iodine intakes.

Australia's food and nutrition 2012

Australia's food & nutrition 2012 highlights the key components of the food and nutrition system. It describes the system from 'paddock to plate' and how food choices affect our health and the environment. Did you know: * Australia produces enough food to feed 60 million people. * More than 9 in 10 people aged 16 and over do not consume sufficient serves of vegetables. * One in 4 children have an unhealthy body weight and 6 in 10 adults are overweight or obese. * Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, rural and remote Australians and socioeconomically disadvantaged people are more at risk of diet-related chronic disease than other Australians.

Australia's food and nutrition 2012: in brief

Australia's food and nutrition 2012: in brief presents highlights from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's 2012 report on the nation's food and nutrition system.

Profile of the nutritional status of children and adolescents

The Profile of nutritional status of children and adolescents presents new analysis on data from the 1995 National Nutrition Survey. This preparatory analysis calculated baseline statistics that may be compared with new results from the 2007 Kids Eat, Kids Play survey. This report shows compiled 1995 data based on recommendations made in the 2005 Nutrient Reference Values. This report will be relevant anyone interested in children's nutrition at the population level, policy makers and researchers.

Australian Diet Quality Index Project

This paper presents preliminary work in developing an Australian DQI, named the Australian Healthy Eating Index (Aust-HEI).

Towards national indicators for food and nutrition: an AIHW view: reporting against the Dietary Guidelines for Australian Adults

Towards National Indicators for Food and Nutrition-an AIHW view provides an overview of existing measures for monitoring food and nutrition in Australia, relevant to the Dietary Guidelines for Australian Adults. The aim of the report is to contribute to food and nutrition monitoring and surveillance in Australia through informing indicator development and future data collection. The report also provides a status report on the nutrition of Australians.

Physical activity, diet and body weight: results from the 2001 National Health Survey

This data briefing explores self-reported leisure-time physical activity and selected dietary behaviours collected in the 2001 National Health survey and analyses how they vary by weight status for adults aged 20 years and over.

Monitoring food habits and food security Australia 1995-96

Examines a study which aimed to obtain data on food security and a limited number of food habits to determine the extent of differences, in food habit and food security, between major sub-groups within the Australian population. Current until 1 June 1997.

Australia's food and nutrition 1994

At 347 pages this report contains essential reading for nutritionists, dietitians, health educators and other teaching personnel, as well as professionals in the agriculture, food and health industries. Information presented includes the effects of the political, physical and social nature of Australia on nutrition; the structure of the food supply and how food is bought and sold; knowledge, beliefs and attitudes to food; what people do and don't eat, and possible reasons for their choices; what (besides nutrients) is in our food; nutritional status and its role in health and ill health; and how the food and nutrition system can be monitored. The text is backed by 33 charts, 76 tables and 13 special information boxes. A comprehensive index and glossary, and extensive reference lists, are also included.

Food and Nutrition Monitoring (FNM) News

Newsletters of the AIHW's former Nutrition Monitoring Unit.

The cost of diet-related disease in Australia

This paper has been prepared on a collaborative basis by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the National Centre for Health Program Evaluation. While cognisant of the scope and limitations of the information presented, the authors believe it will help to stimulate discussion and provide a useful contribution to the work being undertaken on the development of a National Food and Nutrition Policy.

The economic burden of diet related disease in Australia: paper prepared for the National Food and Nutrition Forum, Canberra 1992

Joint paper presented by AIHW and NHMRC for the National Food and Nutrition Forum, Canberra, 17-18 March 1992.

National Better Health Program: improved nutrition: monitoring targets towards 2000

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