Philippe de Witte, Coordinator, Active Local Europe shares best practices and tips on how cities can encourage their citizens to be physically active.
To recover the life of the city, generating spaces for recreation and where it is possible and enjoyable to play and perform physical activity, as well as to carry out cultural and educational activities that encourage coexistence and promote healthy and sustainable lifestyles.
The positive benefits of sport and physical activity are well recognised, However, policymakers often struggle with a basic, but critical challenge – the lack of data.
By linking its policy-makers and agencies in areas of health, sports, education and social development around a framework of integrated initiatives, a Global Active City puts the well-being of citizens as its central goal in a city fit for the future.
Although residents of Helsinki engage in more recreational exercise than people in Finland on average and the situation in Helsinki is better than the national average in terms of many health and well-being indicators, the City of Helsinki is taking promotion of physical activity seriously.
Half of the world’s population now lives in cities. By 2050, two-thirds of the planet will be urban dwellers, and 90% of the shift will happen in Africa and Asia. This trend means that focusing on urban development that benefits health is more important than ever.