Universities are an important health promotion setting for employees and students. In particular, universities are a place where young adults spend a significant amount of time, at a stage in their lives where they are exercising greater independence in food choices. By ensuring all food service providers and vending machines across campuses offer healthy food and drinks across campuses, universities can help promote healthy eating and improve diets.
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The University Food Environment (Uni-Food) tool has been developed by the Global Obesity Centre at Deakin University to assess and benchmark the healthiness, equity and environmental sustainability of tertiary education campus food environments. The tool will be used to assess university food environments across Australia, with results expected late 2021 / early 2022.