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Healthy Cities CZ

Healthy Cities
of the Czech Republic

Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic

This is just some illustrative information and chosen activities from Czech Healthy Cities translated into English.
For all information please see the Czech home pageand use the Google Translate Toolbar

In 2016, eight cities and municipal districts became members of Healthy Cities, namely: Benesov, Havlickuv Brod, Krhova, Lipa, Prague 8, Prague 10, Tynec nad Sazavou, and Vyzlovka.(18.1.2017)
We have published 7 Newsletters on our websites reporting on the latest developments in various months, including translation of the newsletter into English. The newsletters were sent to more than 1000 addresses in the Czech Rep. and to nearly 300 addresses abroad.

We run 11 thematic e-mail conferences for anyone interested in sustainable development, strategic management, health, volunteering and other topics. Our databases contain more than 4 500 registered addresses.(18.1.2017)
The number of strategies registered in the national system of Czech Database od Strategies reached a record number of 500. Since its launch, the Database Portal has recorded 93,000 visits. For example, during the pilot commenting on the document “Czech Republic 2030” via the database, 385 comments were handed over to the Government Office of the Czech Republic. The number of visits to the database increased fivefold compared to the average of previous months. (18.1.2017)
Dear colleagues and friends,

with the ending of this year we want to thank you very much for your
continued support and fruitful cooperation.
And for the upcoming year we wish you many Healthy, sustainable, smart,
resilient and cooperating cities open
to its citizens.

We wish you a happy new year 2017.

Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic(13.12.2016)
These days an updated Methodology for assessing sustainability in cities in Czech Republic is being adopted. The methodology is edited by Czech Healthy Cities together with Charles University and its Environment Centre. A number of experts on particular themes and the cities themselves, which tested the methodology in practice, contributed to the creation of this methodology.  (10.11.2016)
Despite being an important factor in urban development, culture is a frequently underrated issue having little impact on strategic or territorial documentation. Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic jointly with expert partners from Culture Matters and Kvas were seeking solutions to this situation. As a result, two new methodologies are being prepared and will be tested as a pilot project in Litomerice and Jihlava Healthy Cities. The testing of both methodologies will be financed from a Healthy Cities project supported by the Operational Programme “Employment”. Once the testing finished, they will be offered for use to all Healthy Cities interested in this theme.(10.11.2016)
Municipalities, cities and municipal districts from all over the Czech Republic competed for the title of the Family-Friendly Municipality for the 8th time. This year´s edition was attended by 37 municipalities divided into five categories according to the number of their inhabitants. The winning municipalities will share six million Czech crowns in the form of non-investment grants to implement activities for families at the local level. Three out of six winning municipalities are members of the Czech Healthy Cities National Network, namely Veznice, Valasske Mezirici and Prague 8 Municipal District. The Healthy Cities of Kourim and Litomerice ranked second.(10.11.2016)
Between 2 -4 November, Krnov Healthy City held the Czech Healthy Cities Autumn School, an annual meeting of representatives of municipalities from all over the country. The event was attended by more than 110 representatives of cities, municipalities and regions and cooperating organisations. The main topics of the opening seminar covered EU funds, the quality of local authorities, sustainable development, adaptation to climate changes, corporate social responsibility in cities and municipalities and performance monitoring of organisations formed by the city.(4.11.2016)
The preparation of the Strategy on adaptation to climate change of the Healthy city of Chrudim continues with discussing analytical findings and possible actions. In early October, a working group made up of city representatives met to discuss major risks stemming from expected climate change and major adaptation actions in the city and its surroundings. In the future, it is expected that the city will have to cope with the rise in both average and seasonal temperatures, decline in rainfall mainly in summer and more extreme weather events such as drought, heat waves, floods or heavy rain. The strategy is not supposed to respond to one particular threat which may suddenly occur during a year, but to monitor climate trends and be prepared for as much of these extreme weather events as possible.(1.11.2016)
On the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons (5 October), the Makropulos Award ceremony for the provision of care for the elderly took place in the National Theatre in Prague. This ceremony is held annually by a civic association called Zivot 90 (Life 90). This year´s first award was given to Krizanky. The conference called “Preparation of Society for Demographic Changes” featured Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and the Minister for Labour and Social Affairs Michaela Marksova who jointly handed out the awards of the Government Council for Seniors and Ageing in several categories. The third-place prize in the category of the group was awarded to the Council of Seniors in Prachatice. (1.11.2016)
On 22-23 September 2016, the Lithuanian town of Kaunas hosted the 23rd meeting of the Regions for Health Network. This association is the offshoot of the international Healthy Cities Network and its national associations, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year.

Operating under the aegis of the World Health Organisation, both networks share similar objectives and working methods, which include e.g. systemic health promotion and concrete practical application in connection with sustainable development, promoting cooperation among various sectors and different levels of public administration, educational and training activities, sharing of good practices and evaluating impacts of particular projects. One of the conference themes was the discussion on greater cooperation and interconnecting ongoing or planned activities of both the networks.(4.10.2016)
The traditional Health Days Campaign in Czech Republic celebrating healthy lifestyles took place mostly in the first half of October. The diversity of themes and involvement of expert partners in various towns make it one of the biggest events to promote healthy lifestyles in the Czech Republic.  

The main goal of Health Days campaign is to inform citizens in an interesting way about how to care for your health properly and prevent health problems, and at the same time, offer citizens activities which could contribute to their long-term physical and mental well-being.  (20.9.2016)
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