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Recent Blog Entries: Healthy Eating

Bidis or bananas?

June 19, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Bangladesh, Healthy Eating, Smoke-free, Tobacco control Post a comment!

Activists have to learn to argue the case for tobacco taxation, so that bananas will no longer be cheaper than bidis (hand-rolled cigarettes).

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Learning to eat right

May 24, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Bangladesh, Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, Nutrition Post a comment!

I’m working with interns at the Institute of Wellbeing to start developing guidelines for school and university canteens that will be better for both health and the environment.

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Getting creative: using games to deliver malnutrition messages

April 4, 2017 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Healthy Eating, Malnutrition, Nutrition, Vietnam Post a comment!

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!  

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Monsoon rain and traffic jams: thoughts on women’s access to health care in rural Vietnam

July 26, 2016 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Children, Health care, Healthy Eating, Maternal & child health, Nutrition, Vietnam Post a comment!

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. 

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The Carfree Tree

July 15, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cities, Cycling, Dhaka, Exercise, Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Public Transit, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

Isn’t it just a tad wimpy to shrug and say, “Can’t be done”?

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Getting health onto the global urban agenda

July 14, 2016 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Cities, Exercise, Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, NCDs, Public Spaces, Public Transit, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

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.

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Greening the city

June 21, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Agriculture, Dhaka, Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, Nutrition, Public Spaces, Urban Planning Post a comment!

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.

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Food security and malnutrition: Reflections on the project in uplands Vietnam

June 15, 2016 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Agriculture, Healthy Eating, Malnutrition, Nutrition, Thailand, Vietnam Post a comment!

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.

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March 9, 2016 By Peter Berti Healthy Eating, NCDs, Nutrition Post a comment!

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.

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Making it easier for people to stay healthy

January 12, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Exercise, Healthy Eating, NCDs, Walking Post a comment!

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.

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