Research / Healthy food and physical activity environments

HYPE (Healthy Policy Evaluation)

Evaluating the implementation and impact of the National Healthy Food and Drink Policy

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Project Status: Active Funding: $1,499,523 Timeframe: January 2020 – December 2023


What we are investigating

Take | Issue

Unhealthy diet is the leading preventable risk for poor health worldwide.  The National Healthy Food and Drink Policy was developed by nutrition and public health representatives from 20 New Zealand District Health Boards (DHBs) and the Ministry of Health. Although voluntary, the National Policy is recommended for use by DHBs and other public sector organisations.

Whāinga | Aim

We will evaluate the Policy to answer four key research questions:

  1. Is the National Policy being adopted by public sector institutions and, if so, are there differences in level of Policy implementation?
  2. Where the Policy has been implemented, what has its impact been?
  3. What resources are needed to support Policy implementation and maximise its adoption by public sector institutions?
  4. What are the equity implications of the Policy for Māori, Pasifika and low-income New Zealanders?

Huarahi I Whāia | Approach

The research team will audit the foods and drinks available for sale in all 20 New Zealand DHBs and two central government agencies that have adopted the Policy to date, analyse institutional food retail sales data, conduct surveys of staff and visitors at participating institutions, undertake interviews with food service managers and retailers, identify and test resources to support and enhance implementation, and assess the equity implications of the Policy. The results will provide direct evidence of the Policy's effectiveness as a health promotion tool, inform future improvements, and produce resources to enhance its implementation and impact.


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