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Urban Labs for Better Health for All in the Baltic Sea Region - boosting cross-sectoral cooperation for health and wellbeing in the cities

The Healthy Boost project aims at improvement of the capacities of local authorities to enhance health and well-being of the residents through cross-sectoral cooperation. The project addresses the transnational challenge of the health burden due to unhealthy lifestyles of the city residents, which cannot be solved by the current fragmented, incoherent urban policies. As they do not take into account the interlinkages of different aspect of city life – social, environmental, commercial and physical, they provide only a partial solution to a complex problem. The lack of capacities of city administrators, combined with limited resources and inadequate base of non-technological innovations (methods of work, ideas, tools and processes) in the public sector constitute the base of the problem.

The main objective of the project is to contribute to the sustainable development of the BSR cities and social wellbeing of city residents of the BSR through improved – more innovative, effective and integrated – crosssectoral urban policies. This will be achieved through:
- enhancing co-creation and enabling citizens participation in planning of the policies for health and wellbeing,
- improving cross-sectoral cooperation in the BSR cities in order to enable city administration to provide integrated policies for better citizens’ health and wellbeing and
- enhancing the innovativeness of the city administration around the BSR to respond better to current and future complex challenges of health and wellbeing in the municipalities.

The main output of the project will be a model for effective cooperation for cross-sectoral urban policies for health and wellbeing, incl. other sectors, citizens and SMEs – developed on the health and wellbeing cases and further generalized to address the other aspects of the urban life. Also, a tool for self-assessment of the needs, values, participatory capabilities, motivation, willingness and best practices of the cities in crosssectoral cooperation for health and wellbeing. At the end Baltic Sea Region policy recommendations will be written on cross-sectoral urban policies for health and wellbeing – lessons learned during the project generalized for the use of other cities in the Baltic Sea Region.

Project manager: Beata Świątkowska,  Department of Environmental Epidemiology:

Team members:
Krzysztof Puchalski, National Center for Workplace Health Promotion
Eliza Goszczyńska, National Center for Workplace Health Promotion
Kamila Knol-Michałowska, National Center for Workplace Health Promotion
Marek Zaremba,  Department of Environmental Epidemiology



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