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Public HealthFood Policy Program

Action on childhood obesity amidst COVID-19: greater challenges, new opportunities

November 20, 2020

Unhealthy diets are a leading risk factor for illness and death globally. Since 2012, Bloomberg Philanthropies has supported efforts around the world to promote healthier eating. The COVID-19 pandemic has both exposed the fault lines in our food system and reinforced the relationship between nutritious diets and health, bringing a new urgency to the need to ensure that everyone can access foods that nourish. On this World Children’s Day, we are pleased to host a guest blog from two organizations that are working to do just that: UNICEF and World Obesity Federation. As they describe below, there are important opportunities to get this right and doing so will require listening to and engaging young people.

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Bloomberg Associates

Digital City Tools 2020: Driving change through technology, people, and digital practices

November 18, 2020

City governments around the world are using technology to overcome challenges and drive progress, and Bloomberg Associates’ Media and Digital Strategies team captured some of these innovative efforts in a Digital City Tools 2020 report.

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Public HealthFood Policy Program

Follow the Data Podcast: The Right to Nutritious Food

November 13, 2020

A South African doctor and sexual and reproductive health rights activist, Dr. T was appointed the new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health in July. In her role, she studies national practices and experiences with physical and mental health in UN partner countries around the world and makes recommendations on how to ensure the protection of the right to health.

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EnvironmentAmerica’s Pledge

As U.S. Officially Exits the Paris Agreement, States, Cities, and Businesses Forge Ahead

November 4, 2020

In response to a lack of federal leadership, U.S. states, cities, businesses, and other non-federal actors have taken it upon themselves to keep moving us towards our Paris Agreement goals. These coalitions committed to climate action represent nearly 70% of US GDP, nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population, and over half of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

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COVID-19 ResponsePublic Health

Follow the Data Podcast: The State of the Virus with Dr. Fauci

October 30, 2020

In this episode, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Dean Ellen MacKenzie joins Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for the first installment of the Johns Hopkins University’s Health Policy forum. The webcast originally aired on October 16. The audio is adapted from Public Health on Call, a daily podcast from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Bloomberg Associates

Designing & Sustaining Strategic Partnerships: 5 Questions with Megan Sheekey

October 29, 2020

The Collaborative Cities: A Guide for Designing, Implementing, and Sustaining Strategic Partnerships draws on the partnership experiences of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bloomberg Associates, city officials, and private sector and nonprofit leaders. The guide highlights many general best practices and lessons that can be applied across municipalities, and offers some guidance on how city leaders can adapt approaches to their own circumstances and challenges.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies

Follow the Data Podcast: Shaping the Future of Youth in Baltimore, MD

October 23, 2020

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, HeartSmiles convened youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in East Baltimore for personal development programming, leadership training, and college and career mentorship in collaboration with the school’s Center for Adolescent Health. HeartSmiles aims to inspire youth to be leaders in their communities and to demonstrate leadership in real time through activities that build character.

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EnvironmentGlobal Beyond Coal

Accelerating Clean Air Action, One Data Point at a Time

October 22, 2020

What measures can we take to limit – and someday eliminate – air pollution? To answer that question, we need more and better data. Through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ partnerships across the globe, we’re helping cities to measure exactly how much pollution there is, pinpoint its sources and understand the real-life impacts. This data can lead to smart policies and safer and healthier cities, and further our mission of ensuring better, longer lives for the greatest number of people.

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Public HealthFood Policy Program

Follow the Data Podcast: The Politics of Food

October 16, 2020

On World Food Day, this Follow the Data episode discusses why food is political; the connection between hunger, obesity, and climate change; and how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the need – and opportunities – to create a healthier and more socially just food system.

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Follow the Data Podcast: Moving America Beyond Coal

October 9, 2020

Bloomberg Philanthropies has been working with the Sierra Club to phase out coal power in favor of cleaner, healthier forms of energy. Through our work on the Beyond Coal campaign, we’ve helped retire 60% of domestic coal plants, and are on track to retire 100% of the nation’s coal plants by 2030. Beyond Coal estimates that these plant closures have saved an estimated 7,600 lives, prevented nearly 12,000 heart attacks, and resulted in an estimated annual savings of $3.6 billion in health care costs.

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