Intelligent Health’s Beat the Street programme in Northern Ireland has taken home the Healthy Living Award at this year’s Belfast Healthy Cities Awards.
Belfast is one of several cities that form part of the World Health Organisation’s European Healthy Cities Network. The annual Belfast Healthy Cities Awards recognise programmes and initiatives that have achieved excellent results in promoting health in the Greater Belfast Area.
In an award presentation delivered by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Nuala McAllister, Beat the Street Northern Ireland was named as the joint-winner for the Healthy Living award alongside Lagan Dragons Dragon Boat Club.
Beat the Street Northern Ireland was funded by The National Charity Partnership and saw more than 29,000 residents from Belfast, Lisburn, Newtownabbey and Holywood walk, run and cycle thousands of miles and make significant improvements to their health and wellbeing.
Dianne Whyte, Engagement Manager for Beat the Street Northern Ireland, said: “We’re incredibly proud to have received this award — now in our second year in Belfast we’ve managed to build upon the already impressive results from our game in 2016. Not only did Beat the Street see thousands of local residents get active — but we know the programme will lead to long-term changes in behaviour that will benefit all of Belfast.”
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Nuala McAllister, said, “The entries for this year’s awards came from north, south, east and west Belfast and that spread reflects the level and depth of really positive work which is going on within our city. Healthy living is so important for people of all ages, I am delighted to see provision for our young people, older people, prisoners, and other vulnerable groups celebrated here today. Congratulations are due not only our winners but to all those who entered.”