Six years ago in March of 2014, The Milken Institute, the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation, and the Milken Family Foundation came together to provide $80 million to GW public health, the largest gift in GW history. Part of the gift established the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness.
The 2020 Annual Report celebrates the highlights and accomplishments of the Redstone Global Center and our future trajectory.
Redstone Chair and Director, Dr. William Dietz co-chaired a Lancet Commission report on The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition and Climate Change which was published in January of 2019.
The report of the Lancet Commission on Obesity demonstrates that the pandemics of obesity, undernutrition, and climate change represent the paramount challenge for humans, the environment, and our planet. As described in the report, these interacting pandemics represent The Global Syndemic with common, underlying drivers in the food, transport, urban design, and land use systems. Strong and concerted efforts are required by multiple actors to implement doubly-duty and triple-duty actions to address the systems that drive The Global Syndemic. These synergistic actions will be essential to achieve planetary health, which the report defines as the health and wellbeing of humans and the natural environments they depend on.