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Recent Blog Entries: NCDs

Does anyone actually eat this stuff?

July 17, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, NCDs, Nutrition Post a comment!

Tobacco, alcohol, junk food, sugary beverages—at least part of their appeal is how heavily they are pushed.

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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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Ekocomer

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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Better environment, healthier people

January 1, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Cycling, Health care, Healthy Eating, NCDs, Walking Post a comment!

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.

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It’s all about our people

November 24, 2015 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Advocacy, Children, Cycling, Health care, Healthy Eating, Impact, India, Maternal & child health, NCDs, Nutrition, Walking Post a comment!

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

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Livable Cities Video Blog: Public Markets in Nepal

November 11, 2015 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, NCDs, Public Spaces, Urban Planning Post a comment!

This is part of a series of video blogs by Livable Cities Program Director Kristie Daniel.

Kristie describes recent research that mapped the locations where people can purchase fresh vegetables in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.  Results showed that there are not enough permanent markets in the city, and that mobile vendors play an…

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What do the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mean for HealthBridge?

October 21, 2015 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Advocacy, Children, Livable Cities, Maternal & child health, NCDs, Nutrition Post a comment!

The world has new development goals. On Sept. 25, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as the world’s blueprint for development until 2030. Will the SDGs make a difference for HealthBridge? In some ways, certainly. 

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Why not walk?

July 14, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Dhaka, Exercise, Livable Cities, NCDs, Walking Post a comment!

Traveling from one place to another, if it is not particularly far, makes most sense on foot. Walking can be fun; it requires no parking space; it’s exercise; it allows for a full appreciation of the surrounding scenes; it costs nothing. Beyond all that, it just makes sense. 

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Markets vs. supermarkets

May 15, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, NCDs, Urban Planning Post a comment!

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.

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