National Geographic : 1940 Dec
A Prize that all America shares! EACH YEAR SINCE 1929, the City Health Conserva tion Contest has been conducted by the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, in co-operation with the American Public Health Association. Impressive placques or certificates are awarded annually to the contest cities which have done the most to improve their own health conditions and to reduce sickness and death rates. But medals and publicity seem trivial, indeed, in comparison with this important fact... SThe American Public Health Association esti mates that health-conservation activities under the stimulus of this contest, in cities in 43 states and in Hawaii and Alaska, are saving 5,000 lives each year! That is a reward worth striving for... a reward which is shared by all America! ) Thousands of children have been protected against the ravages of diphtheria and other dis eases. Water supplies have been further safeguard ed. Problems of adequate sewage disposal have been solved. New tuberculosis clinics have been installed. Safeguards on milk and other food supplies have been tightened up. More extensive and continuous education of the population in health matters has been made possible and the co-operation of physi cians and dentists has been enlisted in furnishing services to all who need them. It must be more than coincidence that 47 cities in last year's contest showed death rates from tuber culosis of less than 40 per 100,000. In 1929, when the contest was inaugurated, the death rate for the country as a whole was 76 per 100,000. , Also, in seven of last year's contest cities, no mothers died in childbirth; in five, fewer than one mother died per 1,000 births, and in fifty, only four mothers died per 1,000 births. These are only a few of many examples that show how health conditions are being improved and death rates lowered in contest cities. Over 35,000,000 Americans live in cities which competed in last year's contest. Cities with a total population of over 48,000,000 are eligible this com ing year-and this number can be increased as addi tional cities accommodate themselves to the contest rules. -All over America, the City Health Conservation Contest is harnessing the enthusiasm, the intelli gence, and the efficiency of local businessmen. They have embraced the opportunity to co-operate with their local health authorities and to contribute to the welfare of their communities. COPYRIGHT 1940-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) ) Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N.Y.