7 episodes

Today's cities - home to more than half the world's population - are struggling to deal with a harmful mix of public health problems: populations are ageing, obesity is rising and pollution has reached toxic levels.


What are cities doing to tackle these enormous problems? In this six-part series, Darren Dodd talks to Financial Times correspondents around the world - from Singapore to Copenhagen - about initiatives designed to make cities healthier and more pleasant places to live.

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Today's cities - home to more than half the world's population - are struggling to deal with a harmful mix of public health problems: populations are ageing, obesity is rising and pollution has reached toxic levels.


What are cities doing to tackle these enormous problems? In this six-part series, Darren Dodd talks to Financial Times correspondents around the world - from Singapore to Copenhagen - about initiatives designed to make cities healthier and more pleasant places to live.

    Tokyo and healthy eating

    Tokyo and healthy eating

    Japanese cuisine has long been famous for its healthy properties but what makes it so special? Is it responsible for the impressive longevity of the Japanese? And is it still popular in the modern age of processed food? Darren Dodd talks to Leo Lewis, FT Tokyo correspondent about the myths and realities of washoku, the traditional Japanese diet. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 25 min
    New York and fitness

    New York and fitness

    New York is in the middle of a boutique fitness boom. Manhattanites can choose from a wide range of Insta-friendly - but pricey - gyms, offering everything from spin classes to workouts in a giant fridge. But what options are available in poorer neighbourhoods? In this episode, Darren Dodd discusses a tale of two cities with Hannah Kuchler, the FT’s US pharma correspondent.


    This podcast is supported by Novo Nordisk. To read more FT health coverage, visit FT.com/reports For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 27 min
    Pontevedra and air pollution

    Pontevedra and air pollution

    Twenty years ago, Pontevedra in Galicia, Spain pedestrianised its city centre. But what effect has it had on life in the town and the health of its residents? In this episode, Darren Dodd talks to Peter Wise, FT Lisbon Correspondent, who travelled to Pontevedra to speak to the man behind the scheme and get the views of the locals.


    This podcast is supported by Novo Nordisk. To read more FT health coverage, visit FT.com/reports For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 24 min
    Social prescribing in Manchester

    Social prescribing in Manchester

    Greater Manchester is the only region in England that has joint control with the National Health Service of its health and social care spending. This devolved power has enabled some interesting experiments in “social prescribing”, where doctors dispense community activities rather than drugs for certain patients with mental health problems.


    Darren Dodd talks to Andy Bounds, FT Northern England Correspondent, about the difference the scheme is making and the lessons to be learnt for the rest of the country


    This podcast is supported by Novo Nordisk.To read more FT health coverage, visit FT.com/reports For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 27 min
    Copenhagen and loneliness

    Copenhagen and loneliness

    The reasons someone might feel lonely are multiple and diverse, which means finding a solution is tricky. There is not yet a pill you can take to cure loneliness. In this episode, Darren Dodd speaks to the FT’s Nordic correspondent, Richard Milne, about how people in the Danish city of Copenhagen are tackling this growing health problem. 


    This podcast is supported by Novo Nordisk. To read more FT health coverage, visit FT.com/reports For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 29 min
    Singapore and urban design

    Singapore and urban design

    As the world’s population ages, the need for urban design to serve the elderly is becoming ever more important. Providing areas where communities can meet and spend time together is crucial to a city. In Singapore, a new building called the Kampung Admiralty has been built to address exactly that. In this episode, the FT’s Stefania Palma talks to Darren Dodd about the residents living there and how the complex is different to a nursing home. 


    This podcast is supported by Novo Nordisk. To read more FT health coverage, visit FT.com/reports For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 24 min

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eoinythegod ,

Love it

Nice and short, v interesting

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Excellent

Great series. Short, diverse episodes and ultimately very pointed in its message.

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