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Recent Blog Entries: Walking

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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Great things are happening in India

February 22, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Cars, Cycling, Exercise, India, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Public Transit, Walking Post a comment!

If Indian cities can succeed in reclaiming space from cars and giving it back to people...surely other cities can as well!

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Odd-even or something sensible?

February 5, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cycling, Dhaka, Livable Cities, Public Transit, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

It’s great to see cities like Delhi and Dhaka try to reduce the use of cars...but it would be far better if they chose solutions that have been proven effective elsewhere.

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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 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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Learning (again) to appreciate walking

November 18, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Exercise, Happiness, Livable Cities, Walking Post a comment!

Those of us who can easily walk easily take it for granted; those with far more obstacles to walking can, ironically, enjoy it far more. Just a few reflections on the topic as we work towards cities where everyone, regardless of age, sex, or physical challenges, can enjoy the simple but exquisite pleasure of a long walk.

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October 31, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Funding, Livable Cities, Walking Post a comment!

Recently returned from a conference about walking, I cannot help but reflect on the oddity of the topic ...

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The biggest obstacle to carfree cities isn’t impracticality

October 29, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Cycling, Happiness, Livable Cities, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

It may be hard to imagine a carfree city and even harder to believe that one would be possible. But the first step towards creating change is to believe in it! I invite you to open your mind to the possibility of a vastly better life...and then start working to achieve it.

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Video: Step lively - Kathmandu’s walking environment

September 22, 2015 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

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

In this blog, Kristie describes some of the challenges in the walking environment in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.  She notes some of the work being done by a Nepali NGO to improve the situation.

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