Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May) highlighted the important contribution physical activity makes to mental wellbeing. Throughout the month of May there were many accessible opportunities to continue to increase physical activity and improve mental health. While the month of special activities is over, there are many resources that can continue to support increased physical activity.
Healthy and active ageing starts at birth. Healthy adults are more productive and healthy older people can continue to contribute actively to society and enjoy a more satisfying lifestyle. A strategic focus on healthy living for both young and older people is particularly valuable to supporting good health throughout the lifespan.
Belfast Healthy Cities was delighted to welcome the WHO European Healthy Cities Healthy Ageing Subnetwork to Belfast. The subnetwork met on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 February at Belfast City Hall. Participants included Dr Manfred Huber, Coordinator, Healthy Ageing, Disability and Long-term Care, WHO Regional Office for Europe, who also gave the keynote address at the most recent Belfast Healthy Cities 25th Anniversary lecture series A Life Course Approach: Healthy and Active Ageing.
The sixth and final lecture in the Belfast Healthy Cities 25th Anniversary Series, Governance and Leadership for Health took place on 26 March 2013 at Belfast City Hall. The series provided a unique opportunity to engage and hear from renowned local speakers as well as from Europe who have shown true leadership in promoting and tackling health inequalities.
On 12 September 2012 the WHO European Region adopted a sustainable policy to protect and promote the health of its 900 million citizens, particularly the most vulnerable. The comprehensive new policy, called Health 2020, was endorsed by the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, WHO’s governing body for the Region, during its meeting in Malta.
‘Snippets’ from Belfast Healthy Cities is a monthly round up of links to local, national, European and World Health Organization news, events, and other on-line resources relating to health, wellbeing, and inequalities.
Belfast Healthy Cities has developed a new publication outlining the importance of travel planning in tackling health inequality. ‘Travel Plans: Improving Health’ details how effective travel planning can improve levels of physical activity and help tackle obesity, through promoting walking and cycling as a mode of travel, as well as encouraging greater use of public transport and reducing carbon emissions.