Better Hearts Better Cities aims to tackle hypertension, the prime risk factor for cardiovascular disease, in low-income urban communities by convening multisector partners – from food suppliers to health authorities, employers and city planners – to contribute expertise and resources for local solutions that improve cardiovascular health in cities. Watch an animation for an overview of the initiative, or read my thoughts in the Huffington Post: “Can We Prevent The Urbanization Boom From Becoming A Health Crisis?” You can also check out this photo series by physician-photographer Alexander Kumar, who went on an assignment to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (PDF 1.14 MB), one of our pilot cities, to document the impact of hypertension there.
We’re backing up Better Hearts Better Cities with a social media campaign called #cityheart. Want to tell us your #cityheart story? Tweet content or respond directly to @NovartisFDN on Twitter using the hashtag or comment on the Novartis Foundation’s #cityheart posts on LinkedIn and tell us what makes your #cityheart beat!