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Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Snack Taxes: All Eyes on Mexico (and Hungary)

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Teresa at her home store, where she sells candies amongst her other wares.

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A few years ago, authors Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio published “Hungry Planet,” a fascinating book with pictures of what families eat around the world.  The picture from Mexico was revealing.  If you take a brief look, it seems a quite healthy diet, varied and containing lots of fruits and vegetables.  But if you look more closely, you will notice a dozen 2-liter bottles of soft drinks and about two dozen beer bottles at the back of the picture. In addition, in front of two children, there’s a table with sweet breads and other high-calorie snacks.

Stunted Children, Stunted Economies: African Leaders Pledge Action on Nutrition

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Action on reducing child stunting across Africa is imperative for driving economic growth and reducing poverty. That was the message emanating from a  roundtable of African heads of state, ministers, CEOs and civil society leaders this morning, on the eve of President Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C.

Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life

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For the 22nd year, August 1-7 marks World Breastfeeding Week.  This year’s theme focuses on the connection between breastfeeding and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the slogan for the week is Breastfeeding: A winning goal for life!

Antimicrobial Resistance: A new global public health “ticking bomb”?

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As the saying goes, in a crisis, we need to be aware of the danger, but also recognize the opportunity. So, while the global media is nowadays full of dispatches about the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, perhaps is time to pause and think about another public health risk that has the potential to wreak similar havoc in our globalized world.

The Ebola Threat: A “new normal”?

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A couple months ago while stationed in Ghana, I was approached by colleagues and friends with questions on how to prevent contagion from the deadly Ebola virus. Their concern was stoked by reports in media outlets about the rising number of confirmed cases and deaths in neighboring countries. 

U.N. Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases: How Can We Move Faster?

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Three years have elapsed since world leaders adopted the Political Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.  In doing so, they committed to develop national plans to prevent and control NCDs, along with targets to monitor the progress achieved.

Last week, a similar high-level meeting took place at the UNGA to assess efforts made since 2011 to implement those commitments.   So what is the score card?

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