When mayors and local leaders help their citizens live healthier and safer lives, cities are more prosperous.

The Partnership for Healthy Cities is a prestigious global network of cities committed to saving lives by preventing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies in partnership with the World Health Organization and Vital Strategies, this initiative will enable cities around the world to deliver a high-impact policy or programmatic intervention to reduce NCD risk factors in their communities.

Each city receives support to implement one of ten proven interventions to prevent noncommunicable diseases and injuries.

Create a smoke-free city.

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Protect people from second-hand smoke through the introduction, passage, and enforcement of legislation that makes all public places 100% smoke-free.

Ban tobacco advertising.

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Initiate or implement law establishing comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship.

Reduce sugary drink consumption.

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Sugary drink consumption is a leading cause of obesity. Establish taxes on the production or sale of sugary drinks, or establish and implement policies to reduce sugary drink consumption.

Healthy food for all.

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High salt intake is a leading cause of raised blood pressure. Implement key components of the evidence-based WHO SHAKE package for salt reduction.

Create livable streets.

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City streets should be safe for all road users. Implement street designs that protect pedestrians and bicyclists, and promote walking and cycling.

Cleaner fuels for cleaner indoor air.

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Smoke from burning wood, dung, or charcoal for cooking and heating is an important contributor to lung and heart disease. Create access to cleaner fuels, such as liquid petroleum gas (LPG).

Reduce drink driving.

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Increase enforcement of drink driving laws. For cities in the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), expand current activities.

Reduce speeding.

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Establish lower speed limits or increase enforcement of existing speed limits. For cities in the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), expand current activities.

Increase seat-belt and helmet use.

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City streets should be safe for all road users. Implement street designs that protect pedestrians and bicyclists, and promote walking and cycling.

Monitor NCD risk factors.

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Conduct a population-based survey of behavioral risk factors for noncommunicable diseases, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, eating habits, and physical activity.

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