Observatory on healthy living

Guide for a healthier, more sustainable life

HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT OBSERVATORY

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This publication aims to raise awareness on social innovation initiatives that bring together health and the environment, which are an essential meeting point between health and sustainability. 

Benefits of walking 30 minutes to go to work

You get a cardiovascular improvement, you burn calories and generate less air pollution because of not using your car. As the environment is one of the most important health determinants, this reduction in air pollution improves the health of the region and of the people who live in it, who breathe better quality air.

It is a virtuous circle in which an environmental attitude that improves your health also improves the environment, which once again improves everyone's health.

Climate change also affects health

Climate change has a wide-ranging impact on our societies, including on health. Back in 2000, the WHO estimated that 5.5 million DALYs (disability-adjusted life years) were lost as a result of cardiovascular disease, diarrhoea, malaria, malnutrition and injuries caused by floods attributable to climate change. The evaluation did not include many other non-quantifiable aspects: population displacements, conflicts, reduced agricultural production etc.

Facilitating the shift towards sustainability from the home

“Hogares Verdes” (Green Homes) is an educational programme aimed at families concerned about the environmental and social impact of their decisions and everyday habits.

This initiative supports them in the process of moving towards more responsible management of their home, promoting self-monitoring of domestic water and energy consumption, introducing saving measures and behaviours and helping to make more ethical and environmentally-friendly purchases.