Health and Well-being in Urban Environments

  • Anja MizdrakEmail author
  • Adam John Ritchie
Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)


As more people move into urban environments, so grows the negative impacts of city living on human health. Yet we need not be passive victims of this relationship; governments and communities can take steps to make things work better and ensure improved health outcomes. This chapter explores the concept of the Healthy City and the scale of the global challenges being faced. It draws on case studies from Africa, Europe, and South America that focus on successes in improving physical activity and nutrition, to show how these challenges can be overcome.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public HealthUniversity of OtagoWellingtonNew Zealand
  2. 2.The Jenner Institute and The Blavatnik School of GovernmentUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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