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Healthy Cities 21st Century


  • Ciclovia Event in Botanic Park

    The Belfast Healthy Cities KidsSpace initiative provided some well-earned fun for the younger participants of the Ciclovia event in Botanic Park on Sunday 4 October. Cyclists were given the opportunity to ride through a traffic free zone of the city from the Botainic Park to Belfast City Hall in a scheme designed to give public ownership of the city and to encourage family participation in healthier lifestyles.

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  • Belfast Healthy Cities was again delighted to participate in the city’s annual Culture Night on 18 September, our fifth year of involvement with the initiative. We facilitated the ever popular KidsSpace event where children are encouraged to play and use space freely.

    Community artists and Jump Jingle and Jive, a creative dance organisation supported the programme in Buoys Park, Cathedral Quarter.

  • The Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Arder Carson, alongside Belfast Healthy Cities Chair Nigel McMahon and CEO Joan Devlin have launched this year’s World Health Organization Belfast Healthy City Awards.

    The awards recognise and celebrate the work undertaken by organizations from all sectors towards improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Belfast. There are four categories, Promoting Health Equity; Healthy Places; Healthy Living and a new category for this year, Engaging for Change. Open until Wednesday 21 October.

  • Read about: WHO European Healthy Cities Conference/ Health Promotion International:Intersectoral Governance for Health and Equity/ Healthy Urban Environment and Planning
    Health Literacy/ Learning From WHO Europe/Healthy City Explorer Bursary

  • Learning from the wider WHO European Healthy Cities Network is a key aspect of being a healthy city. Many cities have developed expertise in addressing particular themes that can be used to inform approaches in Belfast.

  • 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.

    Creating the conditions for health is a key theme within the Northern Ireland public health strategy Making Life Better. The strategy also emphasises the role of place in improving local health and wellbeing. Key issues within this include healthy lifestyles, active travel, healthy ageing and better outcomes for children. 

  • ‘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. 

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Belfast Healthy City Awards 2015 Now Open

Belfast Healthy City Awards

Categories: Promoting Health Equity; Healthy Place; Healthy Living and Engaging for Change. Open until Wednesday 21 October.

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Reuniting Planning and Health Resource

Resource Pack

A resource pack for elected members, planners and public health practitioners and others who want to learn more about the links between planning and health.

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Reuniting Planning and Health Presentations


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

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Contact Details

Belfast Healthy Cities - Company Reg No NI31042 - Registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC100587
Registered Office: Gordon House, 22-24 Lombard Street, Belfast BT1 1RD
T: +44 28 9032 8811