Sunday, May 03, 2009

Better lives in healthy cities

Jerusalem is rejoining the Network of Healthy Cities, an international experiment meant to raise the level of public health by, among other steps, encouraging walking and bicycling. The Israeli capital had quietly dropped its commitment five years ago under its previous mayor.
"The network promotes better health among each locality's residents with a wide variety of projects, including the boosting of physical activity, dental health and smoking cessation; the construction of biking and walking paths, recycling, reduction of teen vandalism; and battles against pollution and dog excrement on sidewalks. It also provides information on successful projects around the country and helps municipalities amass 'health profiles' so they can assess what is working and what needs to be improved. It is a cooperative effort with the health funds and a variety of voluntary organizations."
There's lots more about it in the Jerusalem Post.

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