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Health... more than you think...
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Your health is determined by your circumstances and environment. Factors such as where you live, your education, the environment and your relationships and interactions with friends and family, all have considerable impacts on health. Therefore, all these issues need to be addressed at the same time.

Galway Healthy Cities project has been part of a World Health Organization (WHO) initiative for the past 6 years. There are over 100 cities throughout Europe involved, with Waterford and Cork joining the network in the past 12 months.

The primary goal of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network is to put health high on the social, economic and political agenda of city governments. Health is the business of all sectors, and local governments are in a unique leadership position, with power to protect and promote their citizens' health and well-being.This is not about the health sector only. It includes health considerations in economic, regeneration and urban development efforts.

The aim of the WHO Healthy Cities Project is to enhance the health of the city, its environment and its people through all groups and agencies working together.

Why Healthy Cities?

…the solutions to health challenges in towns and cities do not lie with the health sector alone but with decisions made by others: in local government, education, urban planners, engineers and those who determine physical infrastructure and access to social and health services. These professionals have to face the challenges of overloaded water and sanitation systems, polluting traffic and factories, lack of space to walk or cycle, inadequate waste disposal, crime and injury - WHO Urban Health

Urban planning can promote healthy behaviour and safety through investment in active transport, designing areas to promote physical activity and passing regulatory controls on tobacco and food safety. Improving urban living conditions in the areas of housing, water and sanitation will go a long way to mitigating health risks. Building green, inclusive cities that are accessible and age-friendly benefits all urban residents and their health. - WHO Urban Health