Keeping track of healthy food: towards improving the nutritional quality of foods sold in community stores in remote Australia.
The aim of the RIST store monitoring tool project was to develop a monitoring tool based on indicator foods that;
- reflected the key dietary problems in remote Indigenous communities, and
- could be used by stakeholders as part of a progressive cycle of planning, action and reassessment for improved nutritional quality of the food supply.
This tool is now available for use. It can be used by retailers, store committees, health practitioners and researchers to plan and act for an improved food supply for Indigenous communities in remote Australia. The tool allows store sales data to be uploaded into a Microsoft database where data can be checked and processed and a report generated. The report provides information on the sales and turnover of key foods. This tool offers an exciting development in the potential to provide timely and relevant information for planning, evaluation and decision-making in relation to the community food supply.