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With rates childhood obesity increasing around the county, Howard County, Maryland, launched a three-year media campaign to combat sugary drink sales. After looking at data, researchers conclude that soda sales in the area reduced by nearly 20%. The effort is one of the first of its kind, mirroring efforts to reduce tobacco consumption.


Susan Scutti

March 6, 2017

Maryland, United States

Losing weight is a struggle for many people and research has shown that one diet does not fit all, some people lose weight on a diet while others gain. For obese individuals, the way to lose weight may be highly personalized and involve a specific diet type, counting calories, or one of many different medications.

The New York Times

Gina Kolata

December 12, 2016

United States

An obesity crisis has spread across Britain. A trend in some schools called "the daily mile" has children put their pens down and run or walk a mile every school day.

Washington Post

Karla Adams

November 30, 2016

London, United Kingdom

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center geriatrician Dr. John Batsis has obtained a $796,500 grant to develop a home-based system of helping obese seniors lose weight, build muscle, and improve their strength using technology, video conferencing and personal coaching.

New Hampshire Union Leader

Gretchen M. Grosky

September 29, 2016

New Hampshire, United States

England is tackling health issues, from smoking and obesity to antimicrobial resistance, through marketing on TV and attractive and community oriented public health campaigns.

Marketing Week

Rachel Gee

September 26, 2016


Obesity is at an all-time high in the United States, and is hard to combat. But urban obesity can be countered with inviting streets to stroll, dramatic staircases to climb, parks to exercise in - it’s called “active design.”

The New York Times

Meera Senthilingam

July 12, 2016

New York, New York, United States

In an attempt to address liver disease, diabetes, obesity and other health issues, Brownsville has launched a comprehensive, cohesive approach to promoting health, being named a model for other communities across the country.

El Paso Times

Lindsey Anderson

May 18, 2016

Brownsville, Texas, United States

In an attempt to curb risky alcohol use and its consequences, advocates and researchers are launching two initiatives in El Paso – one to get people to reconsider their drinking, and another to reduce underage drinking at parties.

El Paso Times

Lindsey Anderson

May 17, 2016

El Paso, Texas, United States

Liver disease is killing El Pasoans at an alarming rate and draining resources as sick patients end up in hospitals and emergency rooms – but it doesn’t have to be that way. Liver disease’s three main causes are preventable, and several groups in El Paso and across the country are tackling them one by one.

El Paso Times

Lindsey Anderson

May 15, 2016

El Paso, Texas, United States

Sugar labels on soda bottles will frustrate most people seeking clear information. They need to be more readable, with measurements familiar even to children.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

March 30, 2016

United States

El Poder del Consumidor is an organization fighting Coca-Cola's power over health care decisions in Mexico. The organization tried many tactics but only found success after finding friends with enough money to compete with the beverage industry giants.

The Guardian

Tina Rosenberg

November 3, 2015

Chiapas, Mexico

Many Americans have unhealthy habits which increase their likelihood of getting sick at the cost of taxpayer dollars. Paying people to drop their unhealthy habits has been proven to be an effective way to keep people healthy and save taxpayer dollars.

The New York Times

Aaron E. Carroll

July 6, 2015

United States

Healthcare professionals have learned that weight loss efforts can be much more effective when led by a trusted guide – and that person may not be a doctor. A neighborhood church assumes responsibility for keeping their parishioners healthy.

The Guardian

Colleen Kimmett

May 28, 2015

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

Brown's Super Stores operates seven profitable supermarkets in traditionally food desert neighborhoods in Philadelphia. The founder says it's because they brought together a group of community leaders and asked them exactly what they were looking for in a neighborhood grocery store, and used the information to truly create a space for the broader community that often includes health care clinics, banking services, event space, and more.


Maanvi Singh

May 14, 2015

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Challenged by its mayor, Oklahoma City lost a collective 1 million pounds. Philly once tried—and failed— the same thing.

The Philadelphia Citizen

Rosella Lefevre

January 28, 2015

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

Wholesome Wave, a nonprofit organization that advocates for access to better food in low-income neighborhoods runs a program based on a simple idea to deal with a complex problem: instead of drugs or admonishments to lose weight, doctors provide families with a “prescription” to eat fruits and vegetables, as well as other tools to improve their health.

The New York Times

Jane E. Brody

December 1, 2014

New York, New York, United States

Many low income citizens feel as though they are restricted from getting medical attention and often stay trapped in their problems. Home visits offer a positive solution.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

August 28, 2014

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

The Bronx is working to solve obesity by turning to healthy eating in a society where fast food is cheaper and of greater quantity. It turns out that increasing access to fruits and vegetables, which the Bronx has done, makes no difference in whether or not people actually eat it - but one resident may have the answer.


Amanda Aronczyk

June 5, 2014

Bronx, New York, United States

In S. King County, Wash., the organization Global to Local identified Seattle's ironic status as being a global-health center but having an increasingly unhealthy populace. Global to Local pointed local citizens to a variety of services, using a "connect the dots" approach to treatment.

The Seattle Times

Abigail Higgins

April 25, 2014

Seattle, Washington, United States

Northern Maine is home to some of America's poorest - but it ranks high on national measures of health. Hospital programs visit more patients in their homes where they can be more comfortable and receive everything they need, which in turn reduces medical costs.

Los Angeles Times

Noam N. Levey

March 19, 2014

Bangor, Maine, United States

“Sustainable Williamson” combined ideas and initiatives from local officials, community members, nonprofit organizations to address both the economy and the well-being of a community where unemployment and drug use were climbing.

Kaiser Health News

Ankita Rao

February 5, 2014

Williamson, West Virginia, United States

GirlTrek, a new organization that channels African-American history to encourage black women to walk their way toward better health, is changing lives by helping making exercise a social norm and creating supportive connections between women with shared goals.


Catherine Cheney

December 19, 2013

Henderson, North Carolina, United States

Child obesity is decreasing even among poor children. Making healthy food more widely available, as well as using financial incentive programs, has greatly helped in increasing habits of healthy eating.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

November 16, 2013

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

With child obesity on the rise, public school students have lacked the motivation and access to eat healthy food. Different programs around the country aim to improve student diet in public schools, including Real Eats for Academics and Life in Los Angeles and Cornell’s Smarter Lunchrooms Movement, by emailing nutrition report cards to parents, presenting the healthy food with aesthetic pleasure, and the arrangement of the food for access.


Kevin Charles Redmon

April 2, 2013

New York, New York, United States

The 'food desert' term is a hot buzzword that suggests lack of access. Research on obesity and food availability in poor areas suggests that access must be considered, but only alongside additional factors like price, taste and education.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

April 25, 2012

New York, New York, United States

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