Our vision is to be a leader in creating a healthy and equitable European city

Healthy Cities 21st Century

News

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.

Thursday 29 January 2015 1 hour workshop
9.30am Adelaide Exchange, Belfast
1.45pm Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim
The World Health Organization’s Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) is designed to help users conduct an economic assessment of the health benefits of walking or cycling by estimating the value of reduced mortality that results from specified amounts of walking or cycling.

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.

Belfast Healthy Cities has announced its 2014/15 Capacity Building Workshop Series Learning from WHO Healthy Cities.

The first event, focusing on Health Literacy, with speakers including the Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, Dr Michael McBride will take place on 10 December. The workshop will be facilitated by WHO expert advisor Erica Ison.

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

This event shared experience and expertise from leaders in the field of reuniting planning, place making and health, introducing fresh thinking to inform new ways of working in the context of local government reform. The event was opened by Belfast Lord Mayor, Cllr Nichola Mallon .The keynote speaker was Riccardo Marini of the world renowned Gehl Architects.

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.

Pages