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The world’s healthiest cities to live in or travel to

Written By | Jul 23, 2019

SAN DIEGO,  July 23, 2019– With travel alerts provided by the State Department becoming a standard checking process for travelers, it is comforting to know that some cities stand out from the rest as being among the healthiest to visit and have the potential to be live in..

Being recognized among the healthiest cities in the world denotes livability and higher life expectancies in comparison to many global communities.

Some of the healthiest cities globally are located in northern Europe, Australia and Canada

The concept of Healthy Cities originated by WHO in 1986, involving the United States, Australia, Canada and a variety of European countries in their effort to promote community health and wellness
approaches which “involve a holistic and multi-disciplinary method which integrates action across risk factors.”

Healthy Cities was an outcome of the Healthy Settings program, which laid the foundation for the key principles of community participation, partnership, empowerment and equity.

“Health is created and lived by people within the settings of their everyday life; where they learn, work, and love.”
-The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (1986) With health at the top of political and social agendas world-wide, it
places the issue of health front and center within political and social policy making for the intention of creating the best-possible physical and social environments for all inhabitants.

Healthy Cities are ranked and vetted by various stakeholders including the travel industry, intelligence community, journalism community in addition to the WHO

Assessing life expectancies, work-life balances, average days of sunshine, adult obesity ratings, air quality, water quality, fitness and more, the following cities were ranked as The 20 Healthiest Cities in the World by IFL Science

1. Amsterdam, Netherlands
2. Oso, Norway
3. Rotterdam, Netherlands
4. Munich, Germany
5. Berlin, Germany
6. Tallinn, Estonia
7. Adelaide, Australia
8. Vienna, Austria
9. Perth, Australia
10. Helsinki, Finland
11. Brisbane, Australia
12. Stockholm, Sweden
13. Hamburg, Germany
14. Canberra, Australia
15. Valencia, Spain
16. Gothenburg, Sweden
17. Ljubljana, Slovenia
18. Lisbon, Portugal
19. Copenhagen, Denmark
20. Wellington, New Zealand

If there is wonder about the top Healthiest Cities are in the US, the Business Insider  recommends the following top 5:

-Minneapolis, Minnesota

-Washington, DC

-Boston, Massachusetts

-Portland, Oregon

-Denver, Colorado

The CDC suggests that making healthy lifestyle choices and becoming involved with community organizations which promote health can go a long way to attaining Healthiest Cities status community-by-community.

Creating healthier and safer communities, reducing crime, breathing quality air;and helping reduce heart disease diabetes and high blood pressure will go a long way to creating individual and community well-being.

To learn more about how to ensure designing a happy and health city at home you may access the following resources:

Healthy Places
LEED-ND and Health Neighborhoods
Physical Activity and Health
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartGrowth

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

Laurie Edwards-Tate

Since 1984, Laurie Edwards-Tate has served as President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare, a non-medical Home Care Aide Organization, serving seniors, disabled, infirm and children. Laurie is Board of Director 2018 (elected), Palomar Health; Executive Board Member; Chair Board Human Resources Committee; Member of Audits & Compliance Committee; Community Relations Committee.