Part of the Food Policy Snapshot Series
Food Policy Snapshot: Wellness Stations
Overview: The Buenos Aires city government has opened Wellness Stations throughout the city that offer free preventative health screenings and nutrition counseling for all residents.
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Progress to date: Forty Wellness Stations have been opened throughout the city.
Food policy category: Diet and Nutrition; Social and Economic Equity; Preventative Healthcare
Program Initiated: 2012
How it works:
Why it is important:
Evaluation: After two years, half a million Buenos Aires residents had used the public services. One evaluation found that the check-up service is primarily being used by people with known medical conditions and need regular check-ups (ie. diabetes, high blood pressure). The Wellness Stations have proved to be a quicker and easier way to regularly see a medical professional than booking an appointment at a clinic. The fitness activities (yoga, stretching, walking groups) appear to attract almost exclusively women, mainly residents who live nearby.
Learn more: Buenos Aires City Government Website:
Point of Contact: Department of Healthy Development: desarr[email protected]
Similar practices: The city of Quito in Ecuador has also developed Wellness Stations after working with the city of Buenos Aires to replicate the program. This is the first year of the program in Quito.
Photo credit: Government of the City of Buenos Aires