Urban health

Two thirds of the population of the European Region live in towns and cities. Urban areas are often unhealthy places to live, characterized by heavy traffic, pollution, noise, violence and social isolation for elderly people and young families.

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WHO European Ministerial Conference on Nutrition and Noncommunicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020

Health ministers, experts and representatives of civil-society and intergovernmental organizations met in Vienna on 4–5 July 2013 to discuss policies on diet, nutrition and physical activity to address the issue of noncommunicable diseases.

Healthy Cities

The WHO Healthy Cities project is a global movement. It engages local governments in health development through a process of political commitment, institutional change, capacity-building, partnership-based planning and innovative projects. About 90 cities are members of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network, and 30 national Healthy Cities networks across the WHO European Region have more than 1400 cities and towns as members.

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Publications

Health literacy. The solid facts

As societies grow more complex and people are increasingly bombarded with health information and misinformation, health literacy becomes essential.

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Policy resources

WHO Member States in the WHO European Region have made various commitments on a range of issues including strengthening health systems, addressing the obesity epidemic, controlling the noncommunicable diseases epidemic and preparing to deal with the effects of climate change.

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