This three-year project (2005-2008) aimed to improve access to good quality, affordable, healthy foods, particularly fresh fruit and vegetables in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
To achieve this aim the RIST Steering Committee was formed and set out to:
- develop a common set of guidelines and resources that promote access to healthy foods and discourage the promotion of energy dense/nutrient poor food and drinks; and
- implement and evaluate guidelines and resources across a number of remote community store and takeaway trial sites.
This project was supported by the National Public Health Partnership as a part of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition Strategy and Action Plan 2000-2010 (NATSINSAP)
, and a number of jurisdictions (Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Australia, as well as the Australian Government) jointly funded and contributed to the project.
As part of the RIST project a collection of guidelines and resources were developed to promote access to healthy foods. These resources are intended for use by store managers, store staff and nutrition and health professionals working in remote communities across Australia. The resources were piloted in seven trial sites over a period of six to eight months during 2007.
Each of the resources was trialled and evaluated and changes in the sales of targeted foods and drinks measured. Local nutritionists provided support to store managers.
The RIST resources include:
- Guidelines for stocking healthy food in remote community stores: a checklist of minimum range of core foods to be stocked in the store, regardless of its size.
- Healthy fast food - a resource for remote stores and takeaways: provides solutions for supplying safe, affordable and healthy takeaway options.
- Checklists for the store and takeaways: used by store and takeaway mangers to assess their capacity to provide healthy food and drink options and identify potential strategies for improvements.
- Fruit and vegetable quantity spreadsheet: a tool to circulate the quantities of fresh fruit and vegetables required to meet nutrition recommendations for the community being served.
- Heart Foundations Buyer’s Guide for managers of remote Indigenous stores and takeaways: lists healthier products to assist stores when ordering.
- Maximising the shelf life of fruit and vegetables: outlines the key points for handling of fresh fruit and vegetables to maintain food quality for longer.
- Marketing ideas for healthy food in remote community stores: outlines how to promote healthy food and drinks in a remote store setting.
- Freight improvement tool kit: a guide for store managers, as well as others involved in the food supply chain, to improve the transport of healthy foods.
- Keeping track of healthy food: monitoring tool that uses scanned sales data to assess a community’s consumption of healthy foods and nutrients. This information is indicative of a remote community’s food purchasing habits and nutritional issues.
To view these publications visit the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website
For further information please email PHD Frontdesk