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by Kevin Coupe

What do NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Russian President Vladimir Putin have in common?

Well, they both seem to have an affinity for using public policy to promote better health.

In New York, Bloomberg has been controversial for his push to ban the sale of jumbo sugary soft drinks, which many feel contribute to the nation's obesity crisis.

And in Russia….well, reports that "to promote the upcoming 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, subway stations in Moscow have added … impressive new machines which allow passengers to do 30 squats for a train ticket."

And all I can say is that it probably is a good thing that Bloomberg will be leaving office next month. Because this sounds like the kind of initiative that he would've found a way to adapt to the New York subway system.
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