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2017 Healthy Belfast awards now open

BHC Chair David Stewart, Ann McCusker, BHC and Gerry McElwee from Cancer Focus launch the 2017 awards
15th September 2017

A Healthy Award for Outstanding Work

Applications for World Health Organisation 2017 Belfast Healthy Cities Awards now open

Press release

12th September 2017

Belfast Healthy Cities, the World Health Organisation project in Northern Ireland has today launched the ‘Healthy City’ 2017 awards. The awards, which are now in their fifth year, will recognise projects undertaken to improve the health and wellbeing of people across Belfast.

Previous winners have included Cancer Focus NI, Street Soccer, Wildflower Alley and the Council for the Homeless. The awards are open to all sectors, including statutory, voluntary, academic, community and private sector organisations. 

The 2017 Belfast Healthy Cities Awards will be made in four categories: Promoting Health Equity; Healthy Places; Healthy Living and Engaging for Change, and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in December. 

Belfast Healthy Cities are encouraging organisation who have been working to promote health across the city and address health inequality to apply for the awards. Applications are now open and will close on the 20th October. 

Speaking at the launch of the awards, Dr David Stewart, Chair, Belfast Healthy Cities, said: "We are delighted to once again be holding the World Health Organisation Belfast Healthy Cities Awards in 2017. Now in their fifth year, we have seen a huge increase in both the number and quality of applications each year, which is indicative of the wonderful working being undertaking to improve the health of the citizens of Belfast. We are looking forward to seeing the innovations and ideas local groups have been working on in 2017.”

2016 winner Gerry McElwee, Head of Cancer prevention at Cancer Focus Northern Ireland, added: "Winning the Belfast Healthy Cities Award was a real acknowledgement of the continuing effort we put in to supporting and empowering local people to take control of their health. There is some incredible work going on across Belfast to improve the health and wellbeing in the community and it was an honour to be recognised as a leader by Belfast Healthy Cities.”

The call for entry is open until 27th October. Further information and an application pack is available from www.belfasthealthycities.com . The awards will be presented at high profile ceremony in Belfast in December. 



This will be the fifth year in which the World Health Organization (WHO) Healthy Cities Awards have been presented.

The awards categories are

Promoting Health Equity

This award will highlight programmes and activities that aim to tackle inequalities in the city including addressing issues such as: socio-economic deprivation; fuel poverty; food poverty the needs of vulnerable and marginalised groups; health promotion initiatives and tackling age or lifestyle related inequalities.

Healthy Places

This award will be presented to a programme or initiative that has significantly contributed to supporting good health through creating supportive and healthy places for people.  Healthy Places focuses on how planning, transport and regeneration affect people’s lives, their health and wellbeing and how this shapes disadvantage and inequalities. 

Healthy Living

This award will recognise achievement in healthy living; leisure and sporting activities including dance; active and healthy travel including cycling and walking initiatives; volunteering; and heritage and environmental programmes. Healthy Living focuses on initiatives that encourage and enable people of all ages to live healthier lives and actively participate in society. 

Engaging for Change

This award will focus on projects or initiatives that work directly with people to empower them to take control of improving their own health and wellbeing. Initiatives will demonstrate the application of active engagement processes to involve and retain participants. They will show how they make use of the assets that exist to improve health within the community and are likely to have involved collaboration or partnership approaches.

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