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A healthier life in Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires has 34 Healthy Stations located in parks and squares that have been visited by more than 500,000 people.

The Healthy Stations are points of prevention of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) providing basic health checks (measurement of height and weight, blood pressure, blood glucose level) and counseling on healthy eating. In addition, residents can take part in various physical activities.

More than half a million checks have been made since the inception of the stations in June 2012.

Until early 2014 hostels on the Atlantic Coast in Buenos Aires were also running the Healthy Stations, with more than 4,500 tourists monitoring their weight and blood pressure and being counselled on healthy eating, all free of charge.

The Healthy Stations are also available in Buenos Aires Beach, in the Children’s Park (Avenida General Paz and Cantilo) from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm.

Activities conducted at Stations

• Physical activity: free activities on different days and times to incorporate sport into people’s daily routine. Gymnastics, running, walking, stretching, yoga, cycling and much more.

• Activities for children: the goal is to create a space for the child to be in motion and, thus, encourage physical activity at an early age. On weekends and holidays there are traditional games, sports, soft square and games for the whole family.

• Activities for older adults: adults over 60 can find a place to interact with other neighbors, enjoy physical activity, and exercise the mind with fun and recreational memory and other workshops.

From the services provided in the Healthy Stations, the following results were obtained:

• The prevalence of high blood sugar increases considerably in people aged over 46 years and is higher in men than in women. In turn, the prevalence is higher in those who are overweight or obesity.

• Half of the people in aged above 65 have high blood pressure, while in the 30-45 group this occurs in one in four people.

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