Examples of what your city can do in open streets
The global goal is for 1000 cities to participate in the World Health Day campaign, ideally opening up their streets to promote a physical or mental health activity by closing off sections to traffic. Cities can:
- open up streets during the week of 7-11 April 2010; then
- promote a physical or mental health activity in the open streets.
What is done in the open streets is left to the creativity, desires, and priorities of a city. It can be one activity or several.
A few ideas to get you started
- Enjoy music by holding a classical concert for all to enjoy.
- Hold a special football match or championship series commemorating the Day.
- Set up “Move for health zones” – a health fair in the streets with BMI screening stations, displays of health products, and samples of a variety of health drinks and foods made from local produce.
- Provide a trader’s fair of sporting goods, equipment and athletic wear, and encourage people to pick up a new sport or join a team.
- Sponsor a conference, workshop or symposium with local experts on urbanization and health.