New SPHR-funded research is underway to develop and test the feasibility of interventions to promote healthier take-away, pub and restaurant food.
Tackling obesity is one of today’s foremost public health challenges in England and the UK and many other high and middle income countries. Changing eating behaviours is central to this endeavour.
The research, led by Professor Ashley Adamson at Newcastle University, will contribute to SPHR’s aim to increase the evidence base for effective public health practice, with a focus on population level interventions to promote a healthier diet.
A range of interventions attempting to change the out of home ‘foodscape’ (ready-to-eat food provision in out of home food outlets (OHFOs), including restaurants or take-away facilities) have been developed, but none have been rigorously evaluated.
Working closely with relevant commercial and public sector partners, the research aims to identify potentially effective interventions or intervention components, based on current theory and evidence, and test them for feasibility and acceptability, leading to pilot testing of effectiveness and, ultimately, the development of protocols for definitive outcome evaluations.
The work will be undertaken in six work packages over a three year period.
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