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1st November 2018

Belfast Healthy Cities, the World Health Organization project in Northern Ireland has launched the ‘Healthy City’ 2018 awards, which recognise the work undertaken by organisations from all sectors towards improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Belfast.

This is the sixth year of the awards, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of Belfast being designated as a World Health Organisation healthy city. The awards are open to all sectors, including statutory, voluntary, academic, community and private sector organisations. The winners will be announced at an event in December.

Belfast Healthy Cities has encouraged any organisation working to promote health and address health inequality to apply for the 2018 awards.

Joan Devlin, Chief Executive of Belfast Healthy Cities said today,

‘This is the 6th year of the Healthy Belfast awards and the numbers entering the awards have grown year on year since the beginning. I think that reflects very positively on Belfast as a healthy city and while there is still progress to be made in addressing health inequalities and addressing healthy inequities, it is important and appropriate that we celebrate and highlight the work which is being carried out by a whole range of organisations large and small, across Belfast to make life healthier and fairer for our communities.

‘I would encourage any organisation, whether it is a large public body or a small community initiative, to consider making an application.’

Joanne Rock, Lagan Dragons founder & Captain, explained the significance of the awards,

"Lagan Dragons were delighted to win the 2017 Belfast Healthy Cities Award for healthy living. Our main aim as a club is to introduce people who have been affected by breast cancer to dragon boat paddling which improves their overall general health and wellbeing.Lagan Dragons are delighted and honoured to berecognised by Belfast Healthy Cities as a leader for the continued effort we put into supporting and empowering our members to be the best they can be.”

There are four award categories, Promoting Health Equity; Healthy Places; Healthy Living and Engaging for Change.

The call for entry is open until 12th November. Further information and an application pack is available from www.belfasthealthycities.com. The awards will be presented at high profile ceremony in Belfast on 11 December.


This will be the sixth 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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