Bupa launches ‘Healthy Cities’ program with a commitment to environmental restoration

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Bupa has launched its 'Healthy Cities' program in Australia and New Zealand, with the company's employees walking and moving during September to unlock $1 million in funding to help promote biodiversity and restore the environment.

Healthy Cities is a global initiative to promote healthy, long-term habits while unlocking investment in nature.

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

Bupa APAC CEO Nick Stone said, “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 health and exposure to thriving green spaces can reduce the risk of conditions such as type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stress.”

“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 Mr Stone.

“Along with our people, we’re thrilled to have some of our corporate and community partners such as Conservation Volunteers Australia, yourtown (operators of Kids Helpline), Tabcorp Australia, Wyndham Destinations, and The Shannon Company on board to help us achieve our goals and launch this exciting program," continued Mr 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,” he added.