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President Konrote Launches FoodSwitch Fiji App

President Konrote said having such an app would allow consumers to look at items in stores and see what healthier items to choose.
01 Nov 2019 10:44
President Konrote Launches FoodSwitch Fiji App
From left: President Jioji Konrote, College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science Dean Dr William May tests the FoodSwitch Fiji App after its official launch at the Tanoa Hotel in Suva. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

It’s amazing how technology is evolving in everyday life especially in business.

This is evident in the launch of various apps in Fiji.

One such app is FoodSwitch Fiji App which was launched yesterday by President Major-General (ret’d) Jioji Konrote.

In his address, President Konrote said having such an app would allow consumers to look at items in stores and see what healthier items to choose.

President Konrote added that Fiji is fortunate to have a wide choice of local and imported goods available to choose from.

George Institute for Global Health Executive Director Professor Bruce Neal highlighted:-

  • FoodSwitch Fiji App will not only help Fijians make healthier choices when shopping at the supermarket, it can also help encourage the food industry to start making healthier foods.
  • The FoodSwitch Fiji app is technology-based system designed to capture and analyse data on Fiji’s food supply and create outputs to help facilitate system-wide changes.
  • It has details on approximately 600 packages food and beverage products collected form five major supermarkets in Fiji.
  • Consumers can use the app to scan the bar codes of food and beverage products in any store and receive immediate, easy-to-understand nutrition information about the product as well as a list of similar goods that are healthier choices.
  • Fijians can also contribute to data collection by capturing items not currently in FoodSwitch Fiji App using the ‘Help us out’ function.

FoodSwitch Fiji App

The FoodSwitch Fiji App which was developed in conjunction between the Pacific Research Centre of the Prevention of Obesity and Non-Communicable Diseases under the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) at the Fiji National University (FNU) which was led by the George Institute for Global Health.

College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Dean Dr William May said this new app would try and influence choice and behavior of individuals.

“Probably why behaviour is difficult to change, is because we don’t have clear and robust information that is easy to utilise by the general public.

“There are a lot of medical jargon being thrown out here and there in terms of intervention that are difficult for people to understand.

Digitalisation

Dr May says this launch also shows that as a University, the school is also heading to the direction of digitalization in their learning and teaching activities.

The FoodSwitch Fiji App is available on play store for download.

In Traffic-light lables the colors indicate if a product is low (green), medium (amber), or high (red) in total fat, sugar and salt per 100gmL.

In Traffic-light labels the colors indicate if a product is low (green), medium (amber), or high (red) in total fat, sugar and salt per 100gmL.

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