One of the goals of Healthy Boost pilot projects was to incorporate XR (Extended Reality) technologies into the city pilot´s health promotion actions. What kind of process it has been for the project team members, especially municipal representatives that are rather experts of their own cross-sectoral fields, than specialists of these new technologies?
Healthy Boost project news
On 20 May 2021, the city of Pskov hosted a workshop (business game Game of Goals: Ekecheiria – a model for cross-sectoral cooperation) within the project "Healthy Boost - Urban Labs for Better Health for All in the Baltic Sea Region – boosting cross-sectoral cooperation for health and wellbeing in the cities" of the Interreg. Baltic Sea Region. The event was organised by: Pskov City Administration, Association "Healthy Cities, Districts and Villages".
On 19 May 2021, a workshop on the implementation of the project "Healthy Boost - Urban Labs for Better Health for All in the Baltic Sea Region – boosting cross-sectoral cooperation for health and wellbeing in the cities" was held in Cherepovets (online/offline formats).
The meeting was attended by representatives of the City Hall, city community, scientific community, businesses, and other interested parties. The event was organized by the Cherepovets City Hall and the Association "Healthy Cities, Districts and Villages".
Cities’ experiences of using the model for cross-sectoral cooperation – Results from peer-review report
During Spring 2021, partner Region Västerbotten has been responsible for conducting peer-reviews in the Healthy Boost project. The aim was to provide an understanding in relation to the piloting cities’ usability and experiences of using the Model for Cross-Sectoral Cooperation. The information was collected using questionnaires and one-on-one interviews with each of the primary pilot city coordinator in the Healthy Boost project.
Last week the Healthy Boost project team had a meeting to share and discuss the recent project activies and to develop the project outputs. Originally, the meeting was supposed to be held in Russia, but due to corona pandemic the team came together via Zoom.
Russian Healthy Cities association's activities
The meeting started with the Russian Healthy Cities association's presentation about their project activies.
Tartu is developing an inclusive sport ground information board together with physiotherapists, designers and experts representing people who use wheelchairs or are visually impaired or blind.
The information board is meant for everyone no matter the age or physical ability. Thus it should invite to train those people who are not that familiar with training or are just starting to be more active.
Tartu has established a Facebook page "Kõnni ja Kõnele" (Walk and talk) where people can share their experiences of outdoor meetings.
Actually, not only about outdoor meetings, but all good ideas how to make a working day more active, what is happening in the city that could be useful for physical activity or mental wellbeing, challenges that make people want to be more active, TedX talks or books to read etc.
On 3rd February 2021 the Healthy Boost project had an online meeting with the representatives of Northern Dimension Partnership of Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) and its Non Communicable Diseases Expert Group. NDPHS is a cooperative effort of ten governments, the European Commission and eight international organisations.
Klaipeda's Healthy Boost pilot is the development of sustainable mobility activities in Klaipeda city. The most recent actions include co-design workshops for developing the VR tool with the VR developers from Iron Cat company and participating the European Mobility Week.
Two photographs from the co-designing workshops: