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Recent Blog Entries: Advocacy

HealthBridge Partners Compete for Walking Visionary Awards

June 9, 2015 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Advocacy, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Walking Post a comment!

By Kristie Daniel.
The Walking Visionaries Awards highlight new ideas, big and small, that will help make walkable, livable communities.

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People over profits

April 22, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Exercise, Healthy Eating, NCDs Post a comment!

Can what we have learned from tobacco control be usefully applied to NCDs overall? Or should the two always be kept separate?

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Which women don’t work?

April 8, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy Post a comment!

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?

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Can advocacy succeed?

February 9, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Children, Exercise, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Walking Post a comment!

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.

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Another accolade to public spaces

February 3, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Exercise, Happiness, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Socializing, Urban Planning Post a comment!

Great public spaces help make great cities, which is why HealthBridge works to preserve them.

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Camp Cool

January 13, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Cycling, Dhaka, Exercise, Livable Cities, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

We are trying a new way to train young Bangladeshis to work as activists for livable cities...while having a lot of fun.

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Advocating for a separate rail ministry in Bangladesh

April 1, 2014 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Rail Post a comment!

Many years ago, HealthBridge’s partner organization in Dhaka, Work for a Better Bangladesh (WBB Trust), decided to work on road safety. They quickly realized how difficult that would be, given the tangled mess of financial incentives for truck and bus drivers to drive too fast. Asking people to slow down was likely to be as effective as telling kids not to smoke, in other words, completely useless.…

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Sharing across continents

March 16, 2014 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Walking Post a comment!

For a few days in early March, several of HealthBridge’s liveable cities partners worked together in Bangkok to share ideas, experiences, and working methods. Our partners, from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Uganda, and Vietnam, were joined by Canadian staff, a board member, and an interested official from UNDP. We discussed similarities between working approaches in tobacco control and liveable cities. We learned from successes and setbacks in making…

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I don’t work

March 8, 2014 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy Post a comment!

How many times has a woman with a young baby explained that she is not working, meaning she has no formal job? I can hardly imagine a more time-consuming, exhausting, and important job than raising a child or caring for someone else who needs loving attention. In order to raise attention to the importance and value of women’s work in and around the home, HealthBridge has supported…

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How do we achieve liveable cities?

October 25, 2013 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Livable Cities Post a comment!

I have been writing for almost two years about the importance of liveable cities. I would now like to describe some of the work done by HealthBridge and our partners in various countries, to offer some short but I hope interesting and useful examples of how our work can help to bring about liveable cities. From studying the pedestrian environment to saving parks to working for greater government attention…

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