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Belfast Healthy Cities

Our vision is that Belfast is recognised globally
as a healthy, equitable and sustainable city

Healthy Cities 21st Century

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Healthy City Explorer Award

First Impressions of Health Reform in Norway

This year, to celebrate 25 years as a healthy city, Belfast Healthy Cities launched the Healthy City Annual Bursary award to support a study visit to a European Healthy City or Network. The inaugural award was made to Anne McNally, DHSSPS, who is currently visiting Oslo to study public health legislation.

KidsSpace Culture Night

KidsSpace returns once again to Culture Night Belfast on Friday 19 September. This year the fun returns to Buoys Park, York Street, beginning at 4pm.

Since 2011, KidsSpace events have transformed city spaces including St Anne’s Square, Buoys Park, Writers Square, Belfast City Hall, Urban Soul Cafe and an unused unit in Castle Court Shopping Centre into welcoming spaces for families and children.

The event consists of 3 main themes:

City Health

Summer 2014

Belfast Healthy Cities delivers programmes to meet the overall goals, targets and commitments set for Belfast as a World Health Organization (WHO) European Healthy City. Themes include improving health for all and reducing health inequities; and improving leadership and participatory governance for health.


Ahead of this week's local and European elections in Northern Ireland, Belfast Healthy Cities has launched an election briefing for prospective elected representatives.

Belfast Healthy Cities 2014 Election Briefing

Creating Healthier Communities

Sustainable Food, Active Travel, and Health & Economics Now Available

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.

Walkability Assessment report

The world is experiencing a rapidly ageing population. Recognising this trend in 2005, the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities was established. Its purpose is to provide a new approach to ensure older people’s needs are met and promote active ageing. Its focus is on creating an environment where older people continue to participate in social, economic, cultural, spiritual and civic affairs.

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Reuniting Planning and Health Capacity Building: Outlining Linkages between Health and Built Environment


This project aims to strengthen awareness and understanding among stakeholders of the links between land use planning, built environment policy and health and wellbeing. It is intended to create a starting point from which shared understanding of concepts and issues can be developed.

25th Anniversary Awards

Thank you to everyone who came along to the celebration of 25 years of Belfast as a World Health Organization Healthy City at Belfast Harbour office on Friday 29 November 2013. We are delighted to congratulate the winners and highly commended organisations from the Belfast Healthy Cities 25th Anniversary Awards.

Visit Awards Website to see photographs + successful organisations by category

Promoting Healthy Minds for Older People

To mark World Mental Health Day, on Thursday 10 October, Belfast Healthy Cities highlighted the importance of good mental wellbeing for people as they grow older. The latest WHO World Health Assembly, in May 2013, identified older people as a group with a particular risk of experiencing mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.

There are many things that older people can do to maintain their own health, but there is also a role for decision makers, families and wider society.<--break->


People of all ages took part and enjoyed the event.

The annual KidsSpace event, where a city centre location is turned into an outdoor children’s playground is now a fixed date in the Belfast calendar. This year KidsSpace coincided with Culture Night on Friday 20 September, with Writers Square the area given over to structured and supervised space, between 4-9pm.