Yes, ladies and gents, urbanization is constantly on the rise and here to stay. What this means for us city dwellers is that now, more than ever, we need to focus on making our city environment healthier.
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That’s why this year’s World Health Day, sponsored annually by the World Health Organization (WHO) will focus on the relationship between urbanization and our health.
As the public health arm of the United Nations, the WHO has launched a worldwide campaign “1000 Cities, 1000 Lives” in an effort to raise awareness of a global initiative to open up the streets to healthy activity.
As the urban landscape spreads, so do the health challenges associated with it: violence, compromised water/sewage, car pollution, second hand smoke, alcohol/drug use, and physical inactivity. On World Health Day 2010, urban communities around the world will organize events to promote healthy living in the city.
Bigelow Tea says hooray to that! Not only do we value our community – local and global – we are also ardent advocates of healthy living and preserving the environment. Our wonderfully flavorful teas, with their biodegradable or recyclable packaging, are bursting with anti-oxidants! And, in an effort to get everybody outside and exercising, we also host and sponsor urban events like our annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, where the proceeds go to local charities.
So for World Health Day 2010–from New York to Down Under–people will be cycling, walking, dancing and breathing easier in car-free streets. And they will all be sharing their ideas about how their community is working towards making their city more health-friendly. Watch this inspiring video on World Health Day 2010 here:
Please join us in the global effort to make our cities healthier… today, and every day.