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World Health Day 7 April 2012: Good health adds life to years

07 April 2012

On this year's World Health Day, activities and campaigns throughout the world will focus on ageing and health, raising awareness of what individuals and governments can do to promote active and healthy ageing.

The population in the WHO European Region is ageing rapidly: its median age is already the highest in the world, and the proportion of people aged 65 and older is forecast to increase from 14% in 2010 to 25% in 2050. People in nearly every part of the Region are living longer, but their chances of spending these later years in good health and well-being vary within and between countries. WHO/Europe wants to utilize the opportunity of this year's World Health Day topic to promote healthy lifestyles and public policies that will help people remain active and healthy at all ages.

For more information on World Health Day and active ageing, please visit the WHO/Europe website or facebook.