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  • Belfast has participated in the World Health Organization (WHO) Healthy Cities Business and Technical Conference in Kuopio, Finland.  The event, which is an annual conference of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and Network of European National Healthy Cities Networks, took place from Wednesday 24 June to Friday 26 June.

  • On Wednesday 16 June 2015 the second event in the ‘Beyond Bricks and Mortar: How Spatial Planning Can Improve Public Health’, a seminar series for public health professionals was held at The Mac, Belfast. Beyond Lifestyle: How Spatial Planning Can Encourage Physical Activity took place at The MAC, Belfast

  • ‘A good place for children is a good place for everyone.’

    A Call to Action:Shaping Healthier Places for Children in Belfast is based on comprehensive engagement with children and calls on stakeholders in Belfast to respond to the issues identified by the children.. We want to hear your views by Friday 26 June 2015

  • Inequalities are interpreted and understood in different ways by sectors and agencies in Belfast.  A wide range of work is currently being undertaken across the city to tackle poverty, life and health inequalities.

    On Thursday 26 February a workshop, jointly hosted by Belfast Healthy Cities and Belfast Strategic Partnership, focused on the tasks of agreeing a definition of inequalities and initiating the development of a tool to support organisations to assess the impact of their policies and practice on inequalities and poverty. 

  • KidsSpace events took place on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 February at both Victoria Square and CastleCourt The events transformed areas of the centres into colourful, fun filled, family friendly places engaging hundreds of children. It is an initiative that has demonstrated the positive effects of making the city centre more open to children and their families over the past four years. It is part of wider work led by Belfast Healthy Cities, under the auspices of the World Health Organization, and involving interagency collaboration to develop a Child Friendly Strategy for Belfast.

    The next Kids Space event will take place on Saturday 21 March at CastleCourt.

  • Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Nichola Mallon, has joined Belfast Healthy Cities and some of Belfast’s younger citizens to launch the latest KidsSpace events which will take place on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 February at both Victoria Square and CastleCourt, and again on Saturday 21 March at CastleCourt.

    The free events will transform areas of the centres into colourful, fun filled, family friendly places guaranteed to capture the imagination of children and parents alike.

  • On Thursday 29 January Belfast Healthy Cities hosted a workshop introducing the Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) to Northern Ireland.

    The HEAT tool addresses the difficulty in quantifying the impact of increased cycling and walking by estimating the monetary value of improved health for those who increase regular physical activity. The information gathered can then be used to inform planning and financial allocations by Governments.

  • Belfast has joined cities from across Europe in being designated as a World Health Organization Healthy City for the sixth phase of the programme.

    Accepting designation on behalf of the city, Cllr Steven Corr, Chair of the Health and Environmental Services Committee and Dr Eddie Rooney, Chief Executive of the Public Health Agency both welcomed Belfast’s continuing involvement in the WHO European Healthy Cities Network.

  • On 10 December Belfast Healthy Cities, hosted a seminar to promote and examine the relatively new topic of Health Literacy. The event included contributions from a WHO expert, experienced health practitioners from across the UK and Ireland, and local health and wellbeing professionals.

  • The inaugural bursary was awarded to Anne McNally, an officer from the Health Protection policy branch at the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS). She travelled to Oslo to learn about their experience of implementing a new Public Health Act and examine ways in which learning from Norway could be applied to inform policy in Northern Ireland.

    Anne presented her findings at the Belfast Healthy Cities Annual General Meeting in December.

  • The WHO Belfast Healthy City Awards were presented at the Reuniting Health and Planning conference in three categories

    The winners were
    Healthy Living - Autism Initiatives NI
    Promoting Health Equity- Council for the Homeless NI
    Healthy Places - Joint Winners: Connswater Community Greenway & The Conservation Volunteers

  • Belfast Healthy Cities is delighted to launch the Reuniting Planning and Health resource pack; a capacity building tool, developed in partnership with the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), that aims to provide evidence, tools and examples of good practice that can support integration of health with planning.

  • As part of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) centenary celebrations, children in Belfast are being encouraged to think about the environment around them and how it has been shaped. The week-long event in the Ulster Museum is being staged in partnership with Belfast Healthy Cities, and the planning schools at Queens University and Ulster University, with sponsorship from the Department of the Environment, Belfast City Council and Eplani.

  • Belfast Healthy Cities took top place in a competition for best poster presentation at the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) Open Conference which took place at Titanic Belfast on 14 October.

    The poster, which is available to download by clicking this article, features a Walkability Assessment for Healthy Ageing report, which gives an overview of a pilot project which developed an age-friendly assessment tool to gauge how accessible the built environment is for older people, conducted as part of Belfast’s application to be a WHO Age-friendly city.

  • The World Health Organization Healthy Cities International conference in Athens has heard tributes to work delivered in Belfast to improve the health and wellbeing of its citizens.The Athens gathering is examining health in the city and city living, inequalities and the impact, which all government policy has on the health of the population.

  • Children Outline Their Vision for Belfast at City Hall

    School children from across Belfast put policy makers in the spotlight in City Hall as they set out their priorities when it comes to making the city ‘child friendly.’ The event on Monday 16 June was co-ordinated by Belfast Healthy Cities, the World Health Organization body in Belfast.

New: Reuniting Planning and Health Resource

Resource Pack

Planning for Healthy Communities Resource Pack launched.

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Reuniting Planning and Health Presentations

Conference

Speakers included Riccardo Marini, Gehl Architects and Gabriel Scally, WHO.

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Reuniting Planning and Health: Riccardo Marini

 

Keynote speaker Riccardo Marini of the world renowned Gehl Architects: The Value of Place - Cities for People

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