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The Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) has expressed concern over the physical and mental health of Bangkok residents. They have launched the “Healthy Station” project which aims to promote a healthy lifestyle among Bangkok residents by utilizing public spaces. Bangkok is not the healthiest environment to live in, with toxic dust and pollution, eternal traffic jams …

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Trying to remain positive but this is borderline ridiculous. There are many actions the govt could take if they truly wanted a healthier city. As a 9 year resident of Bangkok, i can not count the number of potential green spaces that the gov't has let developers build malls and condos on rather than create small parks which citizens desparately need. Even existing open green areas like Chavit park around Sukhumit 10, a nice-sized open space with many dozens of large beautiful mature trees, has recently been fenced and chainsawed. Why not replace all of the old buses and trucks belching smoke throughout city streets? Why not fine businesses who basically air conditition hot humid streets because they leave their 3 meter, doublewide doors open, allowing 22 degree air outside and making their own aircon units have to work, and heat up, that much harder? Why not actually train the men to trim the city trees instead of butchering them, which causes loss of shade, loss of calming green, loss of oxygen?  Why not encourage drivers to switch off their engines whenever the red traffic light counter reads 100 or higher? Yes, motorbike drivers should wear helmuts (almost all do in Bkk), but why not crack down on those who text while operating a car?  This just seems like a limp effort which is more illusion than real, and won't result in any tangible changes. All show and no go. Kind of a motto for the new century?

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