The 2013/2014 seminar series explores local and European practice which demonstrates effective solutions to creating healthier neighbourhoods and cities. The expertise shared in the seminars will help to examine how health is shaped by sustainable food supply, active travel opportunities and the co-production of economic and health benefits.
The series is organised by Belfast Healthy Cities with support of Public Health Agency.
Friday 29 November 2013: Belfast - 25 years as a WHO European Healthy City
The opening seminar in the series celebrated Belfast Healthy Cities 25th Anniversary with awards recognising the wide range of activities and learning that tell the story of Belfast’s development as a World Health Organization European Healthy City. The awards categories reflected the priority issues identified and addressed over the past 25 years.
Monday 10 March 2014: Creating Healthy Communities - Sustainable Food
Food is a fundamental right for all. Building capacity to grow your own food and creating opportunities for city production will increase knowledge on healthy eating options and benefit health, creating opportunities to reduce food poverty in Belfast. Food production can be a key element of urban regeneration, and supporting a population to directly produce their own food will increase awareness on food waste, poverty and healthy eating options. This seminar explored local and European policy as well as practice which demonstrates the link between sustainable food supply and health inequalities.
Monday 24 March 2014: Creating Healthy Communities - Active Travel
This seminar illustrated leading examples of active travel focused cities, highlighting the added benefits for all of society when streets are designed for people, not cars.
Opening Address: Danny Kennedy MLA, Minister for Regional Development
Friday 11 April 2014: Creating Healthy Communities - Co-production of Economics & Health
Healthy people are a key indicator of a healthy economy. The link between economic policy and health has been well researched. This seminar will highlight and also explore the health impact of local investment.