Health promotion

Health Promotion

Health is created and lived by people within the environments of their every day lives. As a core function of public health, health promotion supports governments, communities and individuals cope with and address health challenges. This is done through building healthy public policies, creating supportive environments, strengthening community action and personal skills.

In addition to continuing advocacy efforts, the emphasis of health promotion in the Western Pacific Region is currently on building health promotion capacity (financing and infrastructure), urban health (including healthy cities and health equity through Urban HEART), healthy settings (including schools and workplaces) and healthy islands.

Health Promotion and the Sustainable Development Goals

The 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion (9GCHP), co-organized by WHO and the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of the People's Republic of China), was held in Shanghai, China, from 21 to 24 November 2016. The title of the conference is “Promoting health in the Sustainable Development Goals: Health for all and all for health," and is being hosted by the Government and China and the Municipal Government of Shanghai. “Health promotion is about enabling and empowering people, communities and societies to take charge of their own health and quality of life.”

The conference provided unprecedented opportunity to reassert the significance of health promotion in improving health and health equity at the historical moment of 30 years anniversary in Ottawa Charter, and the first year of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will direct and guide Member States on the year of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will direct and guide Member States on the practical application of evidence-based health promotion concepts, approaches and mechanisms for achieving SDGs.

Shanghai Consensus on Healthy Cities 2016

Mayors have a crucial role to play in creating healthy urban environments. With the increasing urbanization of the world’s population, Mayors will therefore also have an important role to play in delivering many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The international Mayors Forum is one of the unique features of the Shanghai Global Health Promotion Conference.

The international Mayors Forum adopted a Shanghai Consensus on Healthy Cities 2016.

Move for Health

Insufficient physical activity contributes to 3.2 million deaths and 69.3 million disability-adjusted life-years each year. Adults who are insufficiently physically active have a higher risk of all-cause mortality compared with those who do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week, or equivalent, as recommended by WHO. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of ischaemic heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and breast and colon cancer. So what are you waiting for? Get moving for your health! #Move4Health


Featured publication

Regional Framework for Urban Health in the Western Pacific 2016-2020 : Healthy and Resilient Cities



NCD and Health Promotion
Division of NCD and Health through the Life-Course
World Health Organization
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