World Health Day 2010 starts today 7 April and runs till 11 April 2010. This years World Health Day theme is “1000 cities, 1000 lives”. The aim of this year health day 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.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) runs the World Health Day and choose to look at the impact urbanisation is having on the worlds health. These include water, environment, violence and injury, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors like tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol as well as the risks associated with disease outbreaks. The WHO see the majority of people growing up in an urban environment over the next 30 years. So the worlds population will be mainly in the urban concrete jungle and the World Health Organisation is worried we won’t know who to take care of ourselves in cities.
Cities are Bad for your Health
I live in a city and I can see why the World Health Organisation is worried. The difference in life quality between most people in a city is amazing. There are those who have lots of disposable wealth that they can choose the services they want like private healthcare and private schools so they are well taken care of. The there are those who have to go to state hospitals and non-government organisations for help to live and get by in the city.
I wonder if the latest Generation Z have learnt how to adapt and live solely in a city with tall buildings, tar, little grass, smells of car exhausts, noises like trains and honking taxis. If you grow up like this maybe you health isn’t as badly affected compared if you moved to a city from a small village or town.
What I do find amusing is chiropractic patients I have who have made their money try anything they can to get out the city on vacation and also buy that house in the country to retire too. So if we follow what the rich do then we should be living in the country.
It reminds me of the story of wealth creation which you probably know the one about “The story of the Mexican Fisherman” if you haven’t read it I would recommend it. So to live a healthy life should we life like the Mexican not the city worker?
Real Life Value Concept
Real Life Value is a term I coined for myself and I have been thinking about this lifestyle decision concept lately. When you want that new car does it need to be the best or simply a comfortable, safe A-B car? If you think in “Real Life Value” would would decide to get the A-B car cos why spend more money and work harder for a more fancy car. Same for housing, education, healthcare choices. Sometimes I think the more expensive the drugs or surgery the better, but this is not always the case.
Urbanisation creates materialism which in turn affects your health. Your stress out and work so hard for something of no real life value. This is what I think we should be thinking today and World Health Day 2010. Are you making the best decisions for your health? Are you thinking in real life value?
Best Cities in the World
I don’t know if there is a perfect city in this world where most are citizens are happy and healthy. According to standard of living studies Vancouver, Canada tops the list for best city in the world. It is amazing to see Canada has 3 cities in the top 5 cities 2010 with the other two being Toronto #4 and Calgary #5. Second and third best cities to live in go to Vienna, Austria and Melbourne, Australia respectively. You can see more of the best city list here.
If you would like to find out more on World Health Day 2010 “1000 cities, 1000 lives” campaign by the World Health Organisation check out their website.