Today’s 2010 World Health Day focuses on the health implications of urbanization and health. The campaign "1000 cities - 1000 lives" will encourage worldwide city-based events that promote participation in health activities. By 2050, it is estimated that one in every two of us will be city based, and as our populations are living longer, we are living longer alone in cities. Thus, it is important that cities are clean and safe, offer equal access to healthcare and facilitate independence for their citizens.
Philips solutions in the areas of lighting, healthcare and consumer lifestyle contribute to urban health, helping conserve basic resources such as energy, water and air but also improving the quality of life in cities with solutions that contribute to safety, social cohesion and access to healthcare.
As a health and well-being company, Philips also seeks to understand what is most important to citizens in an urban environment. On World Health Day 2010, Philips presents an insight into what makes a city livable in three different parts of the world : the United States, Brazil and China. These insights were collected through the Philips Index for Health and Well-being, a citizen’s survey being conducted worldwide on how people perceive their health and well-being and the communities in which they live.