How the environment and community shapes our health

“You can create the most wonderful city from the ground up but it could be totally heartless. If it’s not got a soul, a culture and history, what has it got?” Dr Michael Dixon, GP and Chair of the College of Medicine.

What comes to mind  when you read the phrase, ‘healthy city’? Perhaps an abundance of green space, the whirr of cyclists making their daily commute, or affordable healthy food down every shopping aisle?

As therapists, we are aware of the things we need to make us healthy and how our environment can impact our wellbeing. But in a world with so many options at our fingertips, where do we begin when it comes to building infrastructure, a healthcare system and a health education system that works for all?

In the lead feature of the Summer issue of International Therapist magazine, we share some eye-opening statistics about UK population health, before delving into government plans to improve this and how we can make a difference in our own communities.

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