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Development of the University Food Environment Assessment (Uni-Food) Tool and process to benchmark the healthiness, equity, and environmental sustainability of university food environments

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Mann, D, Kwon, J, Naughton, S, Boylan, S, Chan, J, Charlton, K, Dancey, J, Dent, C, Grech, A, Hobbs, V, Lamond, S, Murray, S ORCID: 0000-0002-2261-7840, Yong, M and Sacks, G 2021 , 'Development of the University Food Environment Assessment (Uni-Food) Tool and process to benchmark the healthiness, equity, and environmental sustainability of university food environments' , International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 18 , pp. 1-17 , doi: 10.3390/ijerph182211895.

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Abstract

Globally, there is increasing interest in monitoring actions to create healthy, equitable andenvironmentally sustainable food environments. Currently, there is a lack of detailed tools for monitoring and benchmarking university food environments. This study aimed to develop the University Food Environment Assessment (Uni-Food) tool and process to benchmark the healthiness, equity, and environmental sustainability of food environments in tertiary education settings, and pilottest its implementation in three Australian universities in 2021. The Uni-Food tool development wasinformed by a review of the literature and input from an expert advisory panel. It comprises threecomponents: 1) university systems and governance, 2) campus facilities and environments, and 3)food retail outlets. The process for implementing the tool is designed for universities to self-assessthe extent to which they have implemented recommended practice in 68 indicators, across 16 domains, weighted based on their relative importance. The pilot implementation of the tool identifiedmoderate diversity in food environments across universities and highlighted several opportunitiesfor improvements at each institution. The assessment process was found to be reliable, with assessors rating the tool as easy to use, requiring minimal resources. Broad application of the tool has thepotential to increase accountability and guide best practice in tertiary education and other complexinstitutional settings.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Mann, D and Kwon, J and Naughton, S and Boylan, S and Chan, J and Charlton, K and Dancey, J and Dent, C and Grech, A and Hobbs, V and Lamond, S and Murray, S and Yong, M and Sacks, G
Keywords: food environment, environmental sustainability, assessment, tool, equity, university
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Publisher: MDPI AG
ISSN: 1660-4601
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/ijerph182211895
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Copyright 2021 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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