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  • Belfast Healthy Cities was among the guests who gathered at the newly opened Titanic Hotel Belfast this week to celebrate the efforts of over 150 of Belfast and Northern Ireland’s academic, medical and professional organisations to recognise their focused efforts in positively promoting the city as an inspiring place to meet, share ideas, and do business.
     
  • Belfast Healthy Cities represents the city of Belfast, within the World Health Organization (WHO) European Healthy Cities Network. Our programmes are challenging but inspirational, introducing new concepts to Belfast through membership of the network, many of our programmes have been mainstreamed by partner organizations.  Our programmes are recognised across WHO Europe as well as locally and are highlighted in global publications.   

  • On Sunday 29 October 2017 I ran the Dublin marathon, which this year had a record 20,000 participants meaning it now ranks as the 4th most popular marathon in Europe.  Although I was very wary of undertaking what is known locally as the 'friendly marathon' it certainly did not disappoint. The crowds lining the route were in their thousands and they were enthusiastic, encouraging the runners with their cheers, home-made water stops and every energy source from gummy bears to sliced oranges. 
     
  • WHO European Healthy Cities Political Vision Group, Cork, September 2017.

  • Last weekend the planning for the 2018 European Healthy Cities Conference which will take place in Belfast stepped up a gear when a delegation from Belfast Healthy Cities travelled to Copenhagen for a two day series of meetings with World Health Organization colleagues. 
     
  • The one day conference is the largest gathering of the health professionals who make up the Health Literacy Group UK, and will take place in Riddel Hall, Queen's University, Belfast on Friday 16th February 2018.

    The conference will be an opportunity to share current health literacy thinking, practice and research from across the UK and European, as well as networking with key experts in health literacy

  • The World Health Organization initiative in Belfast, Belfast Healthy Cities, has appointed a new Chairman, Dr David Stewart and two new Board members, Danny McQuillan and Michael Gibbs. 
     
  • Belfast Healthy Cities today launched their plans to make Belfast a child friendly, inclusive, global city at their ‘Health at the Heart of Belfast’ event in City Hall.
     
    The plans were set out in two documents which make the response to Belfast City Council’s consultation to their Belfast Agenda and the first stage of the Local Development Plan. These documents ‘Tackling inequalities in a fast changing Belfast’ and  ‘A Plan Fit for Children’ draw from the experiences of healthy cities from right across the World Health Organization network.

  • Local health professionals from Belfast have successfully completed a training programme aimed at helping to reduce the impact of low health literacy.

    The programme, completed by 19 health professionals, had three aims:

  • The flagship capacity building programme drew to a close this week with participants receiving certificates from the Belfast Healthy Cities Chair, Dr David Stewart, for successful completion of programme.

    The programme saw 24 participants from a range of statutory and community and voluntary organisations undertake 4 modules facilitated by Erica Ison, WHO Expert Advisor and Specialist in Health Equity in All Policies and Belfast Healthy Cities.

  • Following on from last week’s event with schools from South, East and West Belfast, Belfast Healthy Cities again provided a platform for local children from North Belfast to give their views on the development of Child Friendly spaces in Belfast under the theme ‘Healthy Places, Healthy Children’ with Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister in attendance.

  • Health Literacy Group

    Local health professionals from across Derry City and Strabane District Council area have successfully completed a training programme aimed at helping to reduce the impact of low health literacy.

    The programme, which was completed by 11 health professionals from across Derry City and Strabane District Council and the wider area had three aims:

  • Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health

    The Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health was held in Ostrava, Czech Republic, 13-15 June. Organized by the World Health Organization for Europe in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the United Nations Environment Programme, the 3 day event saw 500 representatives from the 53 countries of the European Region, international and nongovernmental organisations meet to track progress and prioritise future action on environmental risks to health which culminated in the signing of the Ostrava Declaration.

  • There has been a noticeable increase recently in the number of news stories about children’s health, and the publication this week of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s (RCPCH) ‘State of child health’ report has brought into sharp focus the need to deal with this important health issue at a local level.

  • Belfast Healthy Cities today provided a platform for local children to give their views on the development of Child Friendly spaces in Belfast under the theme ‘Healthy Places, Healthy Children’ with Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister in attendance.

    Pupils from Cranmore Integrated Primary School, Glenveagh School and St Kevin’s Primary School gathered in the Girdwood Community Hub to discuss how the physical environment around children can impact their health.

  • Belfast Healthy Cities Chief Executive, Joan Devlin, attended the ‘Well-being for all – equity and health’ conference organised by the City of Reykjavik and Directorate of Health, Reykjavik.  Joan was invited to give a presentation on ‘Healthy Cities – Connected for Health’ including the experience of Belfast being a healthy city across all six phases since the inception of the European Healthy Cities Network.   

Giving a Voice to Local Children

Belfast Healthy Cities again provided a platform for local children from North Belfast to give their views on the development of Child Friendly spaces in Belfast under the theme ‘Healthy Places, Healthy Children’ with Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister in attendance.

BELFAST HEALTHY CITIES NEW BOARD APPOINTMENTS

Belfast Healthy Cities, has appointed a new Chairman, Dr David Stewart and two new Board members, Danny McQuillan and Michael Gibbs. 

Read more here.

Health at the Heart of Belfast

Belfast Healthy Cities launched their plans to make Belfast a child friendly, inclusive, global city at their ‘Health at the Heart of Belfast’ event in City Hall.

Find out more here.

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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
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