Implementation level of best practice policies by Italian Government for healthier food environments: Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI)

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Background. This work aims to identify policies implemented for healthy food environments
in Italy within The Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) project.
Methods. Food-EPI tool, which includes two components, thirteen domains and fifty good practice indicators, was adapted for the Italian context. Evidence for implementation was gathered and summarized for all fifty indicators from data sources such as governmental websites, non-government organizations publications and websites and via direct contact with Government officials.
Results. The highest level of evidence was found within five domains: food composition (2/2 indicators), labelling (3/4), promotion (4/5), provision (4/5) and leadership (5/5). The domains with less identified evidence were food prices (1/4), food in retail (0/4), trade and investment (0/2) and platforms and interaction (1/4).
Conclusions. The evidence summarization and the upcoming stakeholders’ meeting to rate the level of implementation for each indicator in Italy have the potential to improve Government commitment to shape healthier food environments.

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Drieda Zace - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Andrea Di Pilla - Section of Hygiene, University Department of Life Sciences and Public Health, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy

Marco Silano - National Institute of Health, Italy, Rome, Italy

Elettra Carini - Section of Hygiene, University Department of Life Sciences and Public Health, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy

Pasquale Cacciatore - Section of Hygiene, University Department of Life Sciences and Public Health, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy

Emanuela Maria Frisicale - Section of Hygiene, University Department of Life Sciences and Public Health, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy

Stefanie Vandevijvere - School of Population Health, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Sassi Franco - Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, UK

Maria Lucia Specchia - Department of Woman and Child Health and Public Health – Public Health Area, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Roma, Italy

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Zace, D., Di Pilla, A., Silano, M., Carini, E., Cacciatore, P., Frisicale, E. M., … Specchia, M. L. (2022). Implementation level of best practice policies by Italian Government for healthier food environments: Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI). Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 58(1), 55–66. Retrieved from https://annali.iss.it/index.php/anna/article/view/1426
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