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With $1M in funding Bupa launches the Healthy Cities program

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Bupa launches its Healthy Cities program in Australia and New Zealand, with Bupa employees walking and moving throughout the month of September to unlock $1 million in funding to help promote biodiversity and restore the environment. 

Healthy Cities is a global initiative designed to empower people to adopt healthy, long-term habits in their everyday lives, while unlocking investment in nature. 

 Through Bupa’s ‘Move Month’ in September, Bupa employees across Australia and New Zealand will be asked to complete activities and challenges to unlock Bupa investment into the restoration of the environment through our partners AirSeed Technologies, Earthwatch Australia, Greening Australia and Project Crimson Trust. 

Bupa APAC CEO Nick Stone said we invested in this program to bring to life the link between human health and the health of the planet. 

“It’s long been understood that getting active in nature is good for both your physical and mental health.” 

“New research also suggests walking as little as 4,000 steps a day can improve your overall health1 and exposure to thriving green spaces can reduce the risk of conditions such as type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stress,” added Stone. 

Bupa’s Healthy Cities initiative is already delivering some amazing results around the world, with 88,000 trees planted across 10 urban environments in Europe and Latin America in 2022. In Hong Kong, Healthy Cities launched earlier in the year, with funds already committed to Bupa’s partners The Green Earth and Clearbot. 

“Healthy Cities Move Month is a simple but powerful idea. The more steps people take, the more money Bupa will invest in biodiversity and environmental restoration programs. We want to help our people experience firsthand how adopting healthy habits in their day-to-day lives will not only improve their health, but the health of the planet.” said Stone. 

“Step by step, and through a real team effort we’re going to do our bit to restore our precious and unique environment in Australia and New Zealand through the creation of Tiny Forests, the regeneration of wetlands, the planting of native seeds, and more; all of which will go towards making a healthier planet.”

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Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.


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