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Healthy city

Healthy city is a term used in

  • World Health Organization - Healthy Cities
  • The Health City

External links

  • Kenzer M. Healthy cities: a guide to the literature. Environment and Urbanization, 11(1), April 1999.
  • Boonekamp GMM et al. Healthy Cities Evaluation: the co-ordinators perspective. Health Promotion International 14(2): 103, 1999.
  • Special Supplement on European Healthy Cities. Health Promotion International, Volume 24, Supplement 1, November 2009.
  • J Ashton, P Grey, K Barnard. Healthy cities — WHO's New Public Health initiative. Health Promotion International, 1(3): 319-324, 1986.

Further reading

  1. ^ Niyi Awofeso. The Healthy Cities approach — reflections on a framework for improving global health. Bull World Health Organ 2003; 81(3).
  2. ^ O'Neill M, Simard P. Choosing indicators to evaluate Healthy Cities projects: a political task? Health Promotion International 2006; 21(2): 145-152.
  3. ^ World Health Organization.Healthy Cities and urban governance. Copenhagen: WHO Europe.
  4. ^ World Health Organization. Health Promotion Glossary 1998.
  5. ^ WHO Europe. Health impact assessment methods and strategies.
  6. ^ Erica Ison. The introduction of health impact assessment in the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. Health Promotion International 2009; 24(Supplement 1):i64-i71.
  7. ^ WHO Europe. WHO European Healthy Cities Network.
  8. ^ World Health Organization.World Health Day 2010.
  9. ^ Evelyne de Leeuw. Healthy Cities: urban social entrepreneurship for health. Health Promotion International 1999; 14(3): 261-270.


See also

There are many networks of healthy cities, including in Europe[7] and internationally, such as the Alliance for Healthy Cities. A key feature is ensuring that the social determinants of health are taken into consideration in urban design and urban governance. For example, "urbanization and health" was the theme of the 2010 World Health Day.[8] One tool in developing healthy cities is social entrepreneurship.[9]

Measuring the indices required, establishing standards and determining the impact of each component on health is difficult. In some regions such as Europe, a health impact assessment is a required piece of public policy development.[5][6]

"one that is continually creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources which enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and in developing to their maximum potential."

Many jurisdictions which have healthy community programmes and cities can apply to become a WHO-designated "Healthy City". WHO defines the Healthy City as:[4]



  • Approaches 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4
  • External links 5

in parts of Latin America. Municipios saludables, or Healthy Communities An alternative term is [3].Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion as laid out in WHO's constitution and, more recently, the health It emphasises the multi-dimensionality of [2].health promotion, but rapidly became international as a way of establishing healthy public policy at the local level through European Union The term was developed in conjunction with the [1]

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