Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic
This is just some illustrative information and chosen activities from Czech Healthy Cities translated into English.
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Members of the National Network of CZ Healthy Cities again participated at this year's international LivCom Awards, whose finals took place at the end of October in the Soul-Songpa, South Korea. Representatives of cities from across the globe competed in disciplines related to improvement of the living environment and improvement of the quality of life of their inhabitants. The Healthy City Jihlava won the Silver Prize and third place in the category of 20 to 75 thousand inhabitants. The Healthy City of Chrudim won three awards this year: Gold Prize for the project of "Healthy City of Chrudim - A City Worth Living In", Gold Prize and second place for the project of "Reconstruction of St Joseph Church and Monastery Gardens" and Gold Prize for the fulfilment of criteria within the category of "Healthy Lifestyle". The Healthy City of Tábor and the Town of Kladno also made it to the finals.
What are the possibilities of collaboration and systematic approach in the field of health? Why and how to create municipal or regional health plan and what specific time-tested procedures to use? Another thematic section of the National Healthy Cities Network, which is to take place on October 6, 2011 in Prague at Novotného lávka, will give you answers to these and other questions connected with the health support issue. Seminar titled "Planning for Health in Municipalities and Regions" will offer methods and experience from the practice and the attendants will find out more about the tools or activities they can use for their work.
Two regions - Liberec Region and Pilsen Region entered the Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic in this year's summer. The association also accepted new cities - the statutory city of Opava and also the cities or towns of Breclav, Klatovy, Dacice, Okrisky and Karlovice. These new regions and cities will surely bring interesting experience and inspiration to the current Healthy Cities and Regions.
The activities of Injury Free Days Campaign took place in the Healthy Cities in the course of first half of June. Every year, the campaign concentrates on injury prevention of the most threatened groups, i.e. that of children and seniors. The programme primarily comprised of lectures at kindergartens and basic schools and awareness-raising events focused on seniors' safety.
Just like in the previous years, municipalities, regions and their organisations can participate in the competition for the Prize of the Ministry of Interior in Public Administration this year. The competition primarily evaluates successful implementation of quality methods in the practice of offices or innovative procedures in public administration. A number of Healthy Cities and Regions have won the "Bronze", "Silver" or "Prize for Innovation" in the past years and their representatives received the prizes for the past year at the February quality conference in Chrudim.
Healthy Cities introduced themselves at the seminar that took place on June 6 in the parliament senate under the auspices of senator Milan Pesak, member of the senate committee for health and social policy. The seminar took place in collaboration with WHO office in the Czech Republic, Ministry of Health and Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic. The topics of the seminar, attended by more than 60 participants, included e.g. the expected demographic development that anticipates ageing of the population, the importance of physical activities, injury prevention, support of voluntary services or announcement of year 2012 as the year of active ageing and solidarity between generations.
HCCZ Summer School took place on June 15 - 17 2011 in the Healthy City of Kromeriz. While the Spring School was dedicated to the procedures within the practice of sub-regions, the introductory seminar of the Summer School was focused on regions and on the issue of "Schools as partners to municipalities". The event also introduced interesting school programmes and activities, the participants and presenters shared their experience and approved procedures.
World No Tobacco Day falls on May 31, reminding the public of smoking-related health risks. The campaign is also supported by the National Institute of Public Health and its regional workplaces. The Healthy Cities, Municipalities and Regions will host a number of time-proven as well as completely new activities for the support of smoking prevention, especially for children and juveniles. For instance, enforcing of smoking ban in public areas still remains a current issue.
How to proceed when creating strategic plan? What are the possibilities of expert collaboration within the strategic planning and management? What specific approved procedures can be utilised in your city/municipality? Exactly these questions were dealt with by the Thematic Section of the Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic that took place on May 12 in the area of Czech Association of Scientific and Technical Societies in Prague, at Novotneho lavka. The event familiarised the participants with approved methods and experience from home and abroad, which can be realised in the cities, municipalities or regions. The seminar was intended in particular for representatives of local governments (politicians and office workers etc.) and all those interested from the ranks of expert or lay public.
Healthy City Forum took place in the course of April in three HCCZ member cities and in one Healthy City District of Prague. Healthy City Forum is a meeting where public representatives identify 10P - ten problems considered most burning in the location of their residence. The order of problems is consequently verified by public enquiries and then forwarded to the municipal, regional or city district representatives. Each meeting with the public checks, whether city, municipal or regional management dealt with the problems from the last Forum in appropriate manner.
Another Children's Round Table on the subject of "Safe Journey to School" took place with participation of town authorities and specialised organisation's representatives in Dobris on April 28. The event was attended by approximately 60 children who discussed the traffic safety measures. Children split themselves into groups and equipped with map materials they evaluated traffic hazards of specific locations in the city and proposed measures for improving safety. At each table there was available a representative of expert public with whom the solution could be discussed. Consequently, children presented their solutions in public. In conclusion, the mayor informed the children as to how their solutions would be dealt with.
The Earth Day is the most extensive international campaign dedicated to environmental protection. The first Earth Day took place in the United States of America on April 22, 1970. The campaign currently takes place in 192 countries and more than one billion people from the whole world participate in the activities. In the Czech Republic, the Earth Day celebrations have been taking place for more than 20 years. This year's campaign will be also joined by the Healthy Cities, Municipalities and Regions, which would host educational events dedicated to environmental study and protection, but also to eco-fairs, spring cleaning or events focused on the issue of energy savings.