This is an amazing initiative by Bloomberg, taking practical steps to improve society by preventing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. It is only through effective programmes for lifestyle modification and disease prevention that we can combat the negative effects of aging populations and significant costs of diseases such as Type 2 diabetes.
Now, appointed last year as the World Health Organisation’s global ambassador for non-communicable diseases – meaning anything that can harm or kill you that is not infectious – the eighth richest person in the world, worth an estimated $47.5bn, is taking his philosophy and his cash to 40 cities around the globe. His offer, taken up by about 40 cities so far and officially launched on Tuesday, is $5m in assistance from Bloomberg Philanthropies as well as technical support for cities that choose to focus on one of 10 healthy lifestyle issues, including curbing sugary drink consumption, air pollution, promoting exercise and and bans on smoking. They range from affluent Melbourne in Australia to Cali and Medellin in Colombia, Accra in Ghana, Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, Khatmandu in Nepal and Kampala in Uganda.