This week at the World Health Assembly, Member States will debate the relationship they believe the World Health Organization should have with so-called “non-state actors.” Because WHO is a United Nations specialized organization, it’s governed by Member States. In other words, since its inception, WHO has only been accountable to governments, and therefore focused predominantly […]Read more "How should the World Health Organization partner with industry?"
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), conditions like heart disease, cancers, and type 2 diabetes, aren’t confined to wealthy countries. Fueling this tsunami, which now accounts for roughly 6 times as many deaths—or 38 million—globally as major infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined, is (in part) the widespread adoption of unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, […]Read more "What’s the US Government doing to combat the global tsunami of chronic disease?"
CVS Health Corp. made an emphatic statement this week. They broke rank to stand on principle over corporate interests. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is entrenched in a global campaign to stop or roll back anti-tobacco laws around the world (particularly through multi-lateral trade agreements, like the Trans Pacific Partnership). As the tobacco market wains […]Read more "Thank you CVS for putting public health ahead of big tobacco interests"
This week I had another article published by Devex, this time on the important role of youth advocates to develop and advance public health policy focused on chronic diseases. The article is part of Devex’s #youthwill campaign, focused on youth’s critical contributions to education, global peace-building, employment, and leadership. Young people make up nearly half […]Read more "The future of chronic diseases through the eyes of youth"
Over the past several decades, we’ve seen diets in the United States shift dramatically. Take fat as one example. A hundred years ago, butter and lard were cooking staples. Then in the 1960s and 1970s, there was a crusade to rid the diet of fat and cholesterol. Today, a better understanding and greater appreciation exists […]Read more "Diets are changing around the world…and not in a good way"
“Everyday is an opportunity to start over and make something great happen.” A few things that caught my eye this week: 3 cadence drills for a more efficient pedal stroke. I posted a workout of the week that included a variation of one. A cyclist’s tale of her first winter riding a bike for transportation […]Read more "Weekend Roundup (February 22, 2015)"
Since the 2011 United Nations High Level Meeting on NCDs (noncommunicable diseases), the global health community has been pushing for investments (both by countries and donors) that are commensurate with the current burden of these diseases. NCDs, which include conditions like heart disease, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, and unhealthy risk factors such as […]Read more "How much does the U.S. really spend on global NCDs?"