Types of Healthy Settings
The Healthy Food Markets and Healthy Marketplaces programmes have emerged from the umbrella of the Healthy Settings approach. The Markets programmes point to marketplaces as increasingly important venues for growing urban populations as a source of goods and as a culturally significant gathering point for social interaction.
The Healthy Food Markets programme entails the provision of safe and nutritious food, the promotion of food safety from production to consumption, and facilitation of cooperation among suppliers, governments, and consumers. A Healthy Food Market is one that seeks to protect health by eliminating disease and other hazards at all places along the farm-to-consumption continuum.
In comparison, a Healthy Marketplace takes a broader view to encompass all commercial or trading environments and aims to improve the lives of all stakeholders, from vendors and consumers to managers and politicians.
Examples of implementation
Healthy Food Market programmes have been installed in all six WHO regions, specifically 25 cities, as food safety has recently grown in importance, particularly with regard to the increasingly global distribution of foodstuffs. Healthy Marketplaces were launched and concentrated in the WHO Western Pacific Region.
No networks for the specific creation of Healthy Markets seem to exist, though the main document providing guidance for the programme is easily accessible on the websites of all regions.