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Belfast Healthy Cities

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Healthy Cities 21st Century

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With smart planning and innovative policy, the physical areas we live in can have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing. That’s the view of the World Health Organization

initiative in Northern Ireland, Belfast Healthy Cities who have organised a month of seminars in November in partnership with the four Belfast Area Partnerships and East Belfast Community Development Agency on healthy urban planning.

The 12th Annual Meeting and 7th Conference of HEPA (Health Enhancing Physical Activity) Europe took place in Belfast 28-30 September 2016, hosted by Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University. 

The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Walking the Walk’: what should the public health policy response be to the evidence for physical activity and saw a range of plenary, symposia, parallel and poster sessions. 

A report on developing a Walking Assessment Tool for older people was launched on Friday at the City Hall by Belfast Healthy Cities, the World Health Organization (WHO) body in Northern Ireland.

The launch of ‘Walking Belfast: Older People’s Views’, which forms part of Belfast Healthy Cities’ work on Healthy Urban Environments and Age-friendly Cities, coincided with WHO International Day of Older Persons.

Pupils at St Paul’s Primary School in west Belfast have used their voice to improve their local neighbourhood following an initiative from Belfast Healthy Cities, the World Health Organization body in Northern Ireland.

Representing WHO Secretariat, Joan Devlin is pictured at the Regions for Health Network meeting in Kaunas, Lithuania with WHO European Regional Director Zsuzsanna Jakab and Swedish RHN representative Elisabeth Bengtsson.

Belfast Healthy Cities sign up to support Sustainable Development Goal of Reducing Inequalities at the recent WHO Healthy Cities Coordinators training session in Turku, Finland.

Belfast Healthy Cities facilitated KidsSpace at the city’s annual Culture Night on Friday 16 September.  KidsSpace encourages children to play and use space freely.  Once again we were supported by community artists and Jump, Jiggle and Jive in Buoys Park, Cathedral Quarter. 

Children's Voices, Children's Places Event 20 June 2016

Local children were given a voice on the development of Child Friendly Places at the Children’s Voices, Children’s Places event which took place at Belfast City Hall where more than 250 primary school children took the opportunity to set out their priorities and question local decision makers. Participants were welcomed by The High Sheriff, Jim Rodgers and also featured teachers and pupils from Greece as well as policy experts in the field.

We are looking for a part-time Evidence and Information Officer, fixed term until March 2017 to support the organisation to strengthen, develop and share a strong evidence base on the core themes of the World Health Organization (WHO) European Healthy Cities Network (2014-18). The post holder will play a key role in supporting the delivery of the strategic action plan and contributing to Belfast Healthy Cities’ reputation as a leading source of reliable information on population health, health inequalities and healthy places and environments. 

Low health literacy has real effects on health and illness; people with low health literacy levels make more mistakes with medication or treatment. Those people also rate their health as lower and are more likely to have unhealthy lifestyles. In Northern Ireland 18% of working age adults perform at the lowest literacy levels.