Recent Blog Entries: Healthy Eating
Participants buzzed as they discussed possible answers, laughed and cheered when they scored points and sighed when they didn’t. It was just like a TV game show!
It got me thinking about how challenging it can be to access health services for those who live in a remote location, even without the added element of weather.
It will come as no great surprise that city living presents enormous challenges for encouraging healthy behaviours. Foods that are high in sugar, fat and salt and low in nutrients are seemingly available on every street corner.
The list of benefits was so long that my eyes started to glaze over. Green roofs would mean cooler buildings, helping to reduce the urban heat island effect. People would have the opportunity to come into more contact with greenery and living things; their stress would thus decline.
As the Field to Fork project has now wrapped up, Ky – Research Officer at HealthBridge Vietnam – has offered some insights into project achievements in Son La and Hue province of Vietnam.
The "Responsible Consumer" campaign in Ecuador is working to improve the national food system, and we are working to understand the campaign and make it more effective.
Individual-based approaches to health promotion are of little use when the surrounding environment makes it harder for people to act on what they know. Ads for unhealthy foods and for tobacco, combined with surroundings that make it difficult to walk, will make it less likely that people eat properly and get enough exercise. We need environments that enable healthy lifestyles.
Health is about much more than health care...so HealthBridge is helping to organize an upcoming conference in Dhaka on the importance of health promotion to create an environment which makes it easier for people to stay healthy...and avoid all the misery of falling ill.
By HealthBridge Executive Director Sian FitzGerald
There’s no doubt that HealthBridge has made an impact in the last year – HealthBridge in Vietnam has contributed to saving hundreds of lives by strengthening the country’s Tobacco Control and Alcohol Control laws, and ensuring their implementation through the National Strategy for NCD Control. In Asia and Africa we have helped vulnerable people access public spaces and safe walking and cycling, for their physic