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III-IV/2019 (EN)
  Information and updates from Czech Healthy Cities and Regions

A new series of seminars on HEALTH in cities has been launched – this time about children´s obesity | Jihlava, April 2019

On 16 April 2019, Jihlava hosted an introductory event to a new series of seminars on health promotion in cities and towns. The event was organised by Czech Healthy Cities (HCCZ) in partnership with the National Institute of Public Health (department of Jihlava) and the Vysocina Healthy Region. The main theme this time was children´s obesity highlighting possibilities which cities, towns and regions have to prevent it, the steps they take in this area, and the help they can offer.

Representatives of regions and professional institutions, doctors and practitioners presented many interesting facts, reflections and inspiration. It is worth noting that the proportion of obese children is steadily increasing, and according to statistics regarding the Czech Republic, 9 percent of children are obese and 25 percent are overweight with 50 to 80 percent of children continuing obese into adulthood. The reason for this is not only a high calorie intake and an unsuitable dietary composition, but above all a lack of physical activity (the WHO recommends at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily, which is met only by a minimum of children), even though almost 70 percent of children attend a sports club.

The causes of this issue are largely influenced by the family, however, municipalities and regions can foster positive changes in numerous areas – e.g. suitable planning of space and services (thinking about ways of arranging space and services to make them accessible within walking or cycling distance), encouraging children to walk or cycle to school (“walking bus/bike bus“), active awareness-raising, campaigns, incentive programmes and financial support for appropriate measures. Apart from the family itself, schools and kindergarten, where municipalities can exert significant influence, also play a crucial role (accessibility of playgrounds and sports grounds, possibility of spending school break times actively, school meals and many others).

This event saw numerous interesting presentations delivered. The topics of conceptual health promotion and systemic approach of cities were addressed by the representatives of Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic and the National Health Promotion Network, as well as by the representatives of the Faculty of Physical Culture of the Palacky University Olomouc. Doctors and physiotherapists looked at the influence of lifestyle on the health of children – or the consequences of lack of physical activity for children´s body. The representatives of the Vysocina Region and the city of Jihlava presented concrete examples and inspiration from their practice.

All the presentations from the event can be downloaded HERE.

In the near future, we are preparing other themes such as the promotion of physical activity, planning in healthcare and social areas, mental health etc. The emphasis will invariably be placed mainly on the role of municipalities/regions and what they can actively influence or promote, how to conceptually plan, manage and fund given themes, and how Healthy Cities and their associations can be instrumental in this area.

The event was supported from the funds of the European Social Fund provided from the Operational Employment Programme to implement the project.


The Czech Healthy Cities Spring SCHOOL provided information on subsidies and good practice | Liberec 20 -22 March

Where /When/Why: Liberec / 20 – 22 March 2019 / sharing, inspiration, experience, partnerships of cities, towns and regions

Participants: > 180

Presentations: 15

Training sessions: 3

The Czech Healthy Cities Spring School introduced a novelty: a discussion meeting for politicians. There they discussed why and how to involve the public, how to launch activities at the level of local authorities and how to build and develop partnerships. The award for exemplary good practice was given to the Liberec Region for its example “Lipo.ink – the regional business incubator and innovation centre.

Furthermore, a number of inspirational presentations were delivered. They can be downloaded together with the photos and other outputs HERE.

For the next two days the participants received training in a number of areas (strategic management, LA21, sustainable development), including communication skills, and tested the online tools offered.

Besides the thought-provoking specialized session, a great complementary entertainment programme was prepared:

… We danced, jumped on trampolines or practiced other sports.
… We explored the world and educated ourselves in IQ Landia.
… We took a ride on a historical tram to the Gallery and the Technical Museum.

The baton of Healthy Cities Schools was passed to Tábor:  5 – 7 June 2019.

...We would like to express our thanks to the speakers, participants and the hosting Liberec Region!

The event was supported from the funds of the European Social Fund provided from the Operational Employment Programme to implement the project.


Healthy Cities webinar: How to save on ENERGY services | April 2019

Do you wonder how to save on energy services in a city or a town?

If you find this issue intriguing, you may want to view the recording of the Czech Healthy Cities webinar, which took place on Friday 12 April, on the Healthy Cities Czech Republic YouTube channel.

The main theme of the webinar: Financing energy savings – EPC projects – specific experience with guaranteed savings

The webinar provided answers to the following questions:

  • Is it possible to prepare energy savings projects with guaranteed savings?
  • Are these projects common and feasible in the Czech Republic?
  • What can the energy service providers offer you?
  • How to prepare a good EPC project?

The webinar was moderated by:

  • Petr Svec – Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic
  • Jaroslav Klusak – the city of Litomerice/Association of Energy Managers of Towns and Municipalities
  • Radim Kohoutek – DS ENERGYConsulting/Association of Energy Service Providers

For more information, click HERE.

The webinar was held in partnership with Healthy Cities Czech Republic and the Association of Energy Managers of Towns and Municipalities, with the support of Energy Cities and the European Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy program.


Healthy Cities, Towns and Regions of the Czech Republic have elected new management for the two coming years.

The Healthy Cities General Assembly approved new management for the next two years at its meeting of 20 March 2019 in Liberec. The Healthy Cities Board is a body responsible for fulfilling the association´s mission and its general direction and development.

For further information please click HERE.

The Czech Healthy Cities Spring School announced the second edition of the "Healthy Cities BEST PRACTICE"

Every city, town or region is often faced with various problems and challenges in its development process which require novel, original and, most importantly, efficient solutions. Towns, regions as well as non-profit organizations, schools, local businesses and other entities come up with new projects and implement activities aimed at improving their services, saving funds and raising awareness on specific topics – to put it simply, they enhance the quality of life. They come up with a range of innovative, remarkable and practical solutions to various issues. These actions are collected by Czech Healthy Cities to be placed in the Good Practice Database.

Information about the first edition of the BEST PRACTICE is available HERE (in Czech).


A webinar on social housing - rules, funds, practice

A special Healthy Cities webinar sequel focused on the topic of social housing and featuring representatives from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Ministry for Regional Development took place on 8 March 2019 from 10 a.m.

The webinar answered the following questions:

  • What is the situation in the area of social housing and what is in the pipeline?
  • What has proved useful in specific terms? Good practice examples from Czech municipalities
  • What use is good social work in relation to social housing?
  • What are the possibilities of funding?
  • What are the latest developments in the area of construction and reconstruction of social housing from the Integrated Regional Operational Programme?

Expert information was provided by representatives from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Ministry for Regional Development.

The webinar PRESENTATIONS and further information can be found HERE.

The event was supported from the funds of the European Social Fund provided from the Operational Employment Programme to implement the project.


The international conference "Energy in the hands of cities" about sharing experience and financial resources | Litoměřice, February 2019

Over 150 specialists from the Czech Republic and abroad were brought together in Litoměřice, 27 – 28 February 2019, to take part in the international conference “Energy in the hands of cities”. The conference was held by Healthy Cities Czech Republic and the Association of Energy Managers of Towns and Municipalities in partnership with Energy Cities and the city of Litoměřice.

The conference was held under the aegis of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry for Regional Development. Its underlying topic was: Energy self-sufficiency of cities and own resources – a real possibility or an unrealistic idea?

A large number of guests were present including René Neděla, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, and Jan Kříž, Deputy Minister for the Environment.

The event was primarily intended for the representatives of cities, towns and regions and their partners interested in promoting innovative practices in the area of energy savings and the use of renewable sources and sustainable transport at local level. Additionally, the speakers also presented innovative projects of sustainable municipal energy coming from other cities – e.g. dynamic public lighting from Sušice. In this context, Andreas Piontek, representative of the European Investment Bank, drew the attention of cities and towns to the possibilities of obtaining methodological assistance with the preparation of innovative projects and their funding.

One of the aims of the conference was also a discussion on energy self-sufficiency and ownership of energy and water resources by cities and towns. „It proved worthwhile for us to concentrate energy resources in the ownership of the city and its citizens,“ said Jan Johansson, energy manager of the Swedish city of Växjö boasting the prestigious European Green Leaf 2018 award.

The conference outputs in Czech are available HERE.

The event is organized with the support of the European Commission, the Energy Cities association and the Covenant of Mayors.


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