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Table 1 Major themes and strategies in public health weight programs

From: Australian public health policy in 2003 – 2004

Child care Good practice standards that incorporate physical activity guidelines and dietary guidelines for children
Schools As above plus active transport to school and programs to reduce excessive TV watching and computer games
Primary care services Support GPs to screen body mass index and implement lifestyle scripts
  Community-based support programs for management of overweight
Family and community care services As per childcare settings
Maternal and infant health Extend healthy eating and active living programs; breastfeeding support programs; disseminate information resources for parents; 'baby friendly' accreditation for hospitals and health services;
Neighborhoods and community organisations Healthy eating and active living initiatives within existing programs; support improved physical and infrastructure planning; develop good practice 'tools'
Workplaces Support active transport programs; healthy eating and active living support for parents with young children
Food supply Accreditation for food service outlets; cold chain management initiatives; encourage reduction of energy content and size of servings in food industry
Media and marketing Monitor effectiveness of Children's Television Standards
Support for families and community-wide education Social marketing; promotion of fruits and vegetables; national awards for settings-based programs
'Whole of Community' demonstration areas Demonstration projects, with professional support unit and clearinghouse; dissemination and professional development strategy
Evidence and performance monitoring Surveillance system and tracking indicators; policy research
Coordination and capacity-building Leadership program for obesity prevention; support professional networks for dissemination of good practice