City Health International

Founded in 2012 City Health International is a network of individuals and organisations engaged in the study of and response to structural health issues and health behaviours in the urban environment.

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City Health international holds an annual international conference, in a different location each year, which examines current policy and practice in relation to public health and health behaviours in cities.

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It is a seeming paradox that what makes us most stressed about cities is also what makes them so attractive: other people. Just as some neuroscientists are telling us being together makes us ill, others are proving we are hardwired to be together. Meanwhile, the Chicago neuroscientist John T Cacioppo, in his recent book Loneliness, suggests being lonely is associated with a 14% higher risk of early death – twice the death risk rate associated with obesity.

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World News

  • Access to nature reduces depression and obesity, finds European study

    People living close to trees and green spaces are less likely to be obese, inactive, or dependent on anti-depressants, according to a new report.Middle-aged Scottish men with homes in deprived but verdant areas were found to have a death rate 16% lower than their more urban counterparts. Pregnant women also received a health boost from a greener environment, recording lower blood pressures and giving birth to larger babies, research in Bradford [...]

    2017-03-23 |

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  • Do you really need to eat ten portions of fruit and veg a day?

    Only a quarter of UK adults manage to eat the officially recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. In fact, almost half eat less than three a day. It seems unlikely, then, that most people would be able to reach the ten a day suggested by several pieces of research published in the last few years. Most recently, a paper in the International Journal of Epidemiology laid out evidence that upping your intake of fruit and veg to ten [...]

    2017-03-23 |

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  • World’s most marginalized still left behind by global development priorities: UNDP report

    Millions of people are not benefiting from progress, with the gap set to widen unless deep-rooted development barriers, including discrimination and unequal political participation, are tackled. Stockholm, 21 March 2017 – A quarter-century of impressive human development progress continues to leave many people behind, with systemic, often unmeasured, barriers to catching up. A stronger focus on those excluded and on actions to dismantle these [...]

    2017-03-22 |

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  • Social workers’ role in mental health ‘misunderstood’, survey finds

    The role of social workers in mental health services is “greatly misunderstood” by the public, according to research published by fast-track social work training scheme Think Ahead. A survey of over 1000 British adults found only a third (33%) knew social workers were involved in deciding whether someone should be detained under the Mental Health Act. Social workers who are qualified as Approved Mental Health Professionals lead on this work.[...]

    2017-03-22 |

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  • Fast-food brands ride the health wave

    One of the best-known fast-food brands, McDonald’s has an interesting Twitter hashtag these days. It is called #UnSkipBreakfast, a platform to not only market its new breakfast range but push the importance of morning meals in the first place. McDonald’s is not the first company doing this. Packaged food majors such as Kellogg, PepsiCo, and even Marico, maker of the Saffola brand of edible oils and oats, have driven home the point of having [...]


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  • How friends and families can help those who are at risk of psychosis

    When you think of paranormal experiences it often conjures images of ghosts, aliens or witchcraft. But it can also include hearing voices, out-of-body experiences, or even strong spiritual or superstitious beliefs. Such experiences are quite common – 75% of people in Britain have said that they have had one or more paranormal experiences in their lifetime. These are usually fleeting though, and very few report having paranormal experiences [...]

    2017-03-22 |

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