posted on Thursday, December 20, 2007 10:58 AM
I recently entered the Fit City Sydney Challenge competition, and was selected as one of the five winners. It is a great honour to be a winner, especially since there was over 200 entries all of which were of a tremendously high quality.
The quality of the entries was quite outstanding, and I visited the site often to check out the new entries. I feel that the competition has been a great success. It created awareness, and prompted people to think about the environment around them, therefore - whoever had won, in-the-end we are all reflecting the work and thoughts of everyone that participated. Thank you to everyone and congratulations to the other winners.
You can see my winning piece (entitled: Heartbeat), which was a short prose via the homepage of the Fit City website.
If anybody has any issues that they would like me to address during my visit to Sydney, then please do let me know via the message option.
Below are two photos which I entered for the Fit City competition, but didn't win.
1. Creating the Option
As night settles in to rest after a long day, citizens still choose to use the stairs rather than the escalators at a local department store. In Japan, the options are there for individuals to pursue a healthy lifestyle. At every station, cinema, department store, supermarket, convenience store, work place, school, and block of flats - there are dedicated and visible areas for parking ones' bicycle.
The option is also there as to whether you wish to use the stairs or the escalators when entering and exiting from every train station. There is no need for government or private initiatives to promote health awareness in Japan - it is simply apart of everyday life, and the thinking of people that live here. Not only do we need to create initiatives for the designing of healthier cities, but also it is imperative that families have greater access to information on how best to keep healthy, and that health awareness becomes an integral part of school education.
2. Embankment of Health
The Embankment beside the River Thames is a beautiful, safe and clean spot in the heart of London, England, with access to all. It is an open space where people can walk, jog, run, ride bicycles, use wheelchairs, sit on a bench while reading a book, or relax on the nearby greenery and picnic with friends and family. A true mark of London's desire to push for a healthier urban landscape.