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Reflections of an Optimist

A blog by Debra Efroymson

“A defeatist attitude guarantees defeat”

Recent Blog Entries: Debra Efroymson

Upside Down at the World Urban Forum

March 1, 2018 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cities, Cycling, Gender, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Public Transit, Urban Planning Post a comment!

The World Ubran Forum was an energizing event, but there was a lot that was not right. Women's voices and conversations on transport were notably missing. 

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Who defines tasty?

December 7, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Healthy Eating, Nutrition Post a comment!

Where do our ideas about delicious food come from? How much are those ideas influenced by advertising? More importantly, how can we positively influence people’s attitudes towards healthy and unhealthy foods?

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September 19, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Bangladesh Post a comment!

They come in with fresh ideas and questions, full of energy and creativity. They are eager to learn and to gain new skills.

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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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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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Exercising our need to socialize

May 15, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Bangladesh, Dhaka, Exercise, Happiness, Socializing, Walking Post a comment!

How great it is when morning exercise is not only healthy and enjoyable, but a way to reconnect with others in our busy lives!

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Coffee without cigarettes?

April 18, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Smoke-free, Tobacco control, Vietnam Post a comment!

It’s great to see the international progress on tobacco control…but also useful (albeit painful) to have the occasional reminder of how far we still have to go.

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An ode to mixed use

March 21, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cities, Exercise, Livable Cities, Urban Planning, Vietnam, Walking Post a comment!

Neighbourhoods that combine a mix of housing, shops, and other amenities make life easier and reduce unnecessary travel, key ingredients to a livable city!

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Carfree streets coming to Dhaka

February 7, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cities, Dhaka, Exercise, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Socializing Post a comment!

The mayor of Dhaka north is following through with his commitment to create carfree streets ...

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