Obesity is now a major public health problem globally, including in the United States. Worse, it disproportionately affects children, the poor, and ethnic minorities. This epidemic is rooted in many social factors, most notably diets that are high in sugar.


Meaningful nutrition labeling can inform the public, reduce consumption of unhealthy food, and ultimately protect people from obesity and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This new podcast tackles the role of nutrition labeling in addressing the obesity epidemic.


Stephanie Chan, an undergraduate student from Harvard University, decided to make this short, informative podcast as her final project for a course entitled “Global Health Challenges: Complexity of Evidence-based Policy,” delivered by Professor Sue Goldie, Roger Irving Lee Professor of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University. Stephanie was supported by her teaching fellow, Dr. Renzo Guinto, who is also the local coordinator for the upcoming NCDFREE Bootcamp at Harvard University on September 22-23, 2017.


This podcast along with Stephanie and Renzo’s experiences show how school projects, big or small, can be a powerful agent of change in helping curb the global NCD epidemic. Stephanie and Renzo encourage all to share this podcast and make your very own advocacy project with friends or colleagues – to help create a NCDFREE world!


Listen to the podcast here. Enjoy!


Words and podcast by Stephanie Chan and Dr Renzo Guinto.