Category Archives: Non-communicable diseases


Free meals on the budget chopping block

President Trump’s budget blueprint slashes several social programs, including eliminating the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, which provides after school care to students of high-poverty and low-performing schools including snacks and meals, and cuts to funding for meals on wheels. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney defended the cuts to after school […]

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Let’s Get Physical: WHO’s Renewed Focus on Promoting Physical Activity

In January this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) renewed its focus on physical inactivity, a key risk factor for the worldwide epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Encouraging and creating universal opportunities for physical activity is a complex, potentially costly exercise for governments, involving a wide range of public and private actors. Fresh global attention […]

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Banning free soda refills: building on soda taxes to reduce obesity

Late last week, the French government boosted its efforts to tackle obesity by banning free soda refills. The soda refill ban builds on a series on measures the French government has implemented to reduce consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages: there is a nation-wide tax on sweetened drinks, vending machines are banned in schools, and […]

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Some good news from Election Day: four U.S. cities vote in taxes on sugary drinks

The U.S. election results evoke concern, anxiety, and fear among many Americans, and throughout the world. Public health advocates are concerned about the future of the Affordable Care Act, fearful of restrictions on women’s reproductive rights, and anxious to strengthen efforts to reduce smoking, obesity, and other risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). However, results […]

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A popular tax? Philadelphians support soda tax, especially millennials

On June 16, despite vehement opposition from the beverage industry, the City of Philadelphia adopted a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on sweetened beverages that will take effect in January 2017. A new poll by Pew, found that Philadelphians support the tax by 54 percent to 42 percent. The tax is particularly popular among young people […]

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