Copenhagen, Denmark: Summer 2017
Read about my internship at the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe in the Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Program, within the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course.
The healthfulness of biomedical scientific events:
I. The problem:
There are four noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) responsible for causing the highest levels of morbidity and mortality in the global population: cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases. The WHO’s European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases has identified four major risk factors contributing to these NCDs: unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, alcohol, and tobacco. To decrease the burden of these NCDs, the WHO has developed four strategy elements to minimize the aforementioned risk factors: surveillance, prevention, control, and planning.
This study aims to identify the presence of these four risk factors at scientific biomedical events. The collection and analysis of this data may allow future researchers and policy-makers to better intervene in the prevention, control, and planning of the accessibility of the aforementioned risk factors at biomedical scientific events.
Organized biomedical scientific events typically offer foods and beverages high in calories, sugar, and fat. Additionally, such gatherings incorporate low levels of physical activity, such as walking, standing, or stretching.
A component of WHO’s Global Action Plan is to decrease premature mortality from NCDs by 25% by 2025. Creating healthier meetings for scientific leaders, who act as role models for healthy behaviors, may help the WHO achieve this goal. Thus, changing the environment may change food and beverage consumption patterns, as well as physical activity levels, for the proposed target population and beyond.
As a part of my summer internship at the WHO, I attended the International Childhood Obesity Conference (CIOI 2017) in Lisbon, Portugal.
I have also used this internship period to explore Denmark, Portugal, and Basque Country (Spain) and continue my work as a food photojournalist. Learn more about my intercultural culinary pursuits.
In the first ever seed exchange hosted by Farm of Ideas, a lush Danish countryside farm transformed into an oasis for an international fleet of chefs and lovers of food.
Why do so many people come to Copenhagen just for the food?
Home to 28 Michelin-star restaurants, people travel to Copenhagen just to dive into the world of New Nordic cuisine.
When California meets Copenhagen, you get West Coast Nordic.
One only needs to spend a day in Bilbao to learn that the Basque people take particular pride in their unique culinary traditions.
When the Basque cook, they cook for themselves and for one another – not for ratings.
Obesity is preventable. Eradicating obesity, however, is very complex.
Food tour through Aarhus, Denmark: 'The European Region of Gastronomy" AND "Europe's Capital of Culture" in 2017.
For my first time in Lisbon (and Portugal) I took the Tram 28 -Campo de Ourique Food & Cultural Walk with Taste of Lisboa.
If you want to experience the hustle and bustle of downtown Lisbon with a local, look no further than Inside Lisbon's Food & Wine Tour.