Recent Blog Entries: Debra Efroymson
Helping people make healthy food choices requires access to sellers of fruits and vegetables...preferably without the temptation of buying ultra-processed food. Markets do just that and are great for local economies, but can pose a threat to big business, and thus can be subject to bans. But we can fight back.
Can what we have learned from tobacco control be usefully applied to NCDs overall? Or should the two always be kept separate?
If we don't count household work in calculations of GDP (unless it is paid), how do we recognize all the unpaid work done by women throughout the world?
The industrial meat production system in the United States, which is spreading internationally, is good at producing large quantities of meat at low price. That is, the price is low if we ignore the many externalities of the production, such as dealing with vast swamps of stinking waste. Another externality is disease caused by salmonella and E. coli O157:H7. When you raise a lot of cows in close…
People sometimes question the effectiveness of advocacy work, arguing that "It will never change anything." My own experience over many years of working with HealthBridge's Liveable Cities program in various countries shows that advocacy can in fact yield enormously important benefits for people's health and happiness.
Great public spaces help make great cities, which is why HealthBridge works to preserve them.
We are trying a new way to train young Bangladeshis to work as activists for livable cities...while having a lot of fun.
The 28th of December marked the one-year anniversary of our journalist friend losing one leg and much of the skin and muscle of the other after being hit by a bus. He now has an artificial leg and can walk with a cane. But the artificial leg still causes him many problems, and the skin and muscle grafted onto his “good” leg still do not function normally.…
Many people think it's crazy to advocate for car-free cities or even neighbourhoods, but what about the craziness of trying to accommodate cars in cities and thus sacrificing so much else that is important?