Health Promotion and Healthy City Projects in Korea


Korea undertook the enactment of the National Health Promotion Act in 1995. The National Health Promotion Act was a milestone for initiating a national and local health promotion program in Korea. The Korean government has been developing a national license system on health education in 2010 as an enforcement ordinance of the National Health Promotion Act 2003. The Korean Government also founded a Tobacco Tax System in which all proceeds are diverted to the Health Promotion Fund. Those who provide health promotion and health education services should be properly qualified. Therefore it is important to develop programs to train health education specialists. The Healthy City project was started in 2004, centered on four autonomous regional entities (Changwon City, Wonju City, Seoul and Jingu, and Busan). This is a project that started at a local government level; as of April 2010, 55 cities are pursuing the project to build a health-oriented city. Participation in the new public health fields through conducting Healthy City projects can, in this regard, be a new kind of public health movement in Korea.


Health Promotion Health Promotion Program Healthy City Local Government Level National Health Promotion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Healthy City Research Center Institute of Health and WelfareYonsei UniversityWonjuRepublic of Korea

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