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Delivering multidisciplinary public health in action: the Cardiff Food Strategy case study

Fairchild, Ruth M. and Morgan, Maria Zeta 2007. Delivering multidisciplinary public health in action: the Cardiff Food Strategy case study. Public Health Nutrition 10 (01) , pp. 42-48. 10.1017/S1368980007217963

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Background There is an increasing awareness that the provision of healthy food relies on the co-ordinated efforts of a number of diverse disciplines, not merely those traditionally linked with food. This paper documents the development of a food and health strategy, commissioned by the health alliance for the city of Cardiff, and focuses on the areas of sustainability, education and training as well as nutrition, food provision and food safety. Objective The aim of the strategy was to increase the uptake of a healthy, safe and sustainable diet for all those living in Cardiff. Method The methodology included a rapid appraisal of food initiatives operating within the city, establishing a food and health strategy working group and the production of strategy documentation. Multi-agency collaboration and consultation were key components of the approach. Results As the strategy developed, seven action areas became apparent, including education and training, public sector procurement and rewarding excellence. These action areas were incorporated into seven ‘action tables’, which constitute the core of the strategy. The food and health strategy document was ratified by the Local Health Alliance board in August 2004. But, far greater benefits were realised as a consequence of setting up the strategy working group. Long before the document was written, the strategy process was operating as ‘multidisciplinary public health in action’. Conclusion The network that comprised the food and health strategy working group was already able to commence delivery of a more integrated approach to food and health within Cardiff.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: Food; Strategy; Multi-agency; Sustainability
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 24/02/2014).
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1368-9800
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:04

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