There are many factors that contribute to a healthy lifestyle, and one of those factors is the city that we reside in.
There is no question that Vancouver is a livable city, an expensive city, but it is also one of the healthiest cities in the world, according to a recent CNN ranking:
A truly healthy city makes it easy for residents to adopt a healthful lifestyle, whether it’s by providing quality health care, encouraging preventive medicine or reducing air pollution. These cities top our list because they shine in one or more areas of good health.
The leaders of these cities have implemented laws and policies that ensure locals have access to parks, nutritious food and public transportation. They’ve created innovative programs to combat disease and increased the quality of life for residents long into old age.
But of course, good health isn’t just up to the government. Citizen engagement is also crucial when it comes to creating a healthy community.
10 Healthiest Cities in the World
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Okinawa, Japan
- Monte Carlo, Monaco
- Vancouver, Canada
- Melbourne, Australia
- New York City, America
- Jonkoping, Sweden
- Havana, Cuba
- Napa, California
So what makes Vancouver a healthy city? For starters, there is a strong public transit network (despite what the whiners will say), a very walkable downtown, and major initiative to implement bike lanes.
In addition, our great air quality, accessibility to nature, and over 30 km of seawall all help propel Vancouver as a dream city for the health conscious individual.
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