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Cork Heathy Cities Action Plan Launched Monday February 1st 2021

Cork City seeks to continue its designation as a World Health Organisation Healthy (WHO) City with the launch, by Lord Mayor Councillor Joe Kavanagh, of a Ten Year Action Plan on Monday February 1st at 2pm.  The plan sets out a series of health related actions for Cork City in line with the WHO and Healthy Ireland policies.  Cork has been a designated WHO Healthy City since January 2012.  With this designation is a requirement of Cork City Council to commit to health and a process and structure to achieve it. The European Healthy Cities movement is based on a recognition that citizen health is just the responsibility of healthcare services but largely determined by policies and actions beyond the health sector.  To fulfil this commitment in Cork a Cork Healthy Cities partnership has evolved over the past 10 years between the HSE, Cork City Council, University College Cork and the community sector.

‘A WHO Healthy City is one that continually creates and improves its physical and social environments and expands the community resources that enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and developing to their maximum potential’ said Denise Cahill, Healthy Cities Coordinator.  ‘In Cork we have developed a number of innovative projects from Cork Food Policy Council; promoting a sustainable and healthy food system for the region, to PSYCHED; a positive Mental Health Promotion programme for the workplaces to Green Spaces for Health which seeks to green urban areas for the benefit of social physical and mental health’.

Cork Healthy Cities has led a number of European Projects including the widely acclaimed URBACT Playful Paradigm project that has prompted the pedestrianisation of the Marina in Blackrock and the development of tree trails, urban food forests and beehives in the city centre.

‘I am proud to see the work that has been developed over the past 10 years to develop Cork as a Healthy City and I am prouder still of the comprehensive work plan that has been set out for the forthcoming 10 years which I will launch today’ said Lord Mayor Cllr Joe Kavanagh.  I am delighted to read in the Healthy Cities Action Plan that these efforts will be redoubled into the coming decade and I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of the Cork Healthy Cities steering group members for their commitment to the development of Cork as a Healthy City”.

Support for Cork as a Healthy City is also underpinned by Healthy Ireland the national policy to improve health and well-being in Ireland.  Greg Straton Assistant Principal Officer with the Department of Health will attend and speak at the launch to acknowledge the work that has been taking place in Cork for the past decade.  ‘Cork has been leading the way in the Healthy Cities agenda at national level.  Many excellent inter-agency projects in the city are funded by the Healthy Ireland Fund including the Playful City, Green Spaces for Health, Cork Food Policy Council, the Transport and Mobility Forum and the Age Friendly City’ he said.

With ongoing COVID restrictions the Cork Healthy Cities Action Plan launch will take place online at 2pm on February 1st 2021.  The public are welcome to attend and booking is essential and can be made on Eventbrite.