Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Foodscape Predicting Intake?

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Foodscape Predicting Intake?

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Firstly, we would like to share some exciting news. The 2010 edition of the Web of Knowledge, Journal Citation Reports were published recently and as expected we have two impact factors: one for the Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (JRSPH), which is based on citations in 2010 to articles published in the 2008 volume, pleasingly it is 0.615 (up from the previous year's figure of 0.406) and one for Perspectives in Public Health (our first) which is based on citations in 2010 to the 2009 volume, which has come in at 0.833. We are delighted that Perspectives is now ranked 85th out of 114 journals in the Public, Environmental & Occupational Health category, compared to last year's JRSPH ranking of 87th out of 95 journals. This clearly demonstrates our influence and we must thank all the contributors and reviewers because without you there would be no journal, your support is much appreciated.

Secondly, we would like to thank Professor Bent Mikkelsen, one of our International editors for this thought provoking issue on foodscapes. The mapping of food availability and the significance in relation to intake is an exciting and emerging area of study, not least because if healthy and appropriate food is not immediately evident consumers will have little choice but to select what is available. The relationship between healthy settings and foodscapes is intriguing and as Professor Mikkelsen suggests, can be evaluated from a macro to a micro level. Dr Amelia Lake, guest editor of the previous July issue of Perspectives pioneered some excellent work on mapping and classifying people's access to food in Newcastle1 while Dr Dooris (p. 217) in this issue considers the Healthy University scenario and questions if more can be done at this 'micro' level. Using the concept of foodscapes could form an important element in the evaluation of any healthy setting and provide evidence for action towards a more positive environment for health. …

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