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Healthy Societies

Putting people and prevention first

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Healthy Societies

Healthy Societies is an initiative that brings together policy-makers, academics and other stakeholders from a range of sectors and assembles the best available evidence to advocate for a world where everyone enjoys better health and well-being through more sustainable means – protecting both people and planet. 

The Food Diaries

the power of a mcdonalds ad

What, and who, influences what we eat? Far from being a free choice, we believe that our food habits are deeply influenced by the societies and everyday environments we exist within.

To answer this question, over 100 school children across seven countries have been filming these influences to help us better understand the everyday environments which, across much of the globe, are making it increasingly difficult for people to eat well and increasingly easy to eat badly.

Read more in the Guardian's coverage of our project: Coke, crisps, convenience: how ads created a global junk food generation.

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What we do


healthier policy and practice by providing an accessible space for stakeholders from across sectors to share resources, knowledge and ideas 
the formation of a growing community of practice based on the best available evidence
a movement of people with shared beliefs, values and aims committed to advocating and agitating for laws, policies and practices that deliver progressive and pro-equity health outcomes

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a human rights approach to healthy diets

In October 2019, 180 global health leaders called on Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the World Health Organization, and Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to initiate a process to develop guidance on human rights and healthy diets. The call outlines why a human rights-based approach to healthy diets is sorely needed to advance action on NCDs and health, and suggests key focus areas and a proposed process for developing international guidelines and strengthening the links between human rights and healthy diets.

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Everybody has the right to access healthy food and proper nutrition. With rates of obesity and undernutrition continuing to rise, human rights guidelines for healthy diets would help bring about the change needed to address malnutrition.

José Luis Castro

President and CEO, Vital Strategies, USA

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