WHO/Anna KariThis year's campaign is called "1000 Cities, 1000 Lives". The global goals of the campaign are:
* 1000 cities: to open up public spaces to health, whether it be activities in parks, town hall meetings, clean-up campaigns, or closing off portions of streets to motorized vehicles.
* 1000 lives: to collect 1000 stories of urban health champions who have taken action and had a significant impact on health in their cities.
More info can be found at the WHO's World Health Day 2010 website.
WHO/EUROSome 'factoids' about urbanization from the WHO's Healthy Urbanization site:
- in 2007 the number of people living in urban areas hit 50% for the first time. By 2030 that number is expected to reach 60%.
- of urban dwellers, about 1 billion live in slums.
Of course, you don't have to look to the furthest reaches of the globe to find aspects of unhealthy city life.
2004 data shows that 31% of Manitoba children are overweight or obese. Factors such as mental illness, homelessness, youth violence just to name a few can make even our fair city a pretty unhealthy place for many.
- 1000 Cities social media site
- Some media coverage in advance of World Health Day
- Global urban health resource links
- World's 1000 largest cities (we're #716 !)
Cities, World Leaders Mark World Health Day - Kaiser