A healthy city is one that is continually creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources which enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and in developing to their maximum potential.
Reference: Terminology for the European Conference on Health, Society and Alcohol: A glossary with equivalents in French, German and Russian. WHO (EURO), Copenhagen, 1995
The WHO Healthy Cities project is a long-term development project that seeks to place health on the agenda of cities around the world, and to build a constituency of support for public health at the local level. The healthy cities concept is evolving to encompass other forms of settlement including healthy villages and municipalities.