Healthy City Week returns from 7 to 14 October with a unique programme of events exploring the health and sustainability of our city
Healthy City Week Bristol 2017 is set to create and deepen conversations around some of the major health and sustainability challenges we face. From the health impacts of air pollution and the benefits of active travel, to tackling cold homes in Bristol and creating healthier urban spaces.
Now in its third year, Healthy City Week is a unique annual programme of events promoting wellbeing that doesn’t cost the earth. It enables individuals and organisations from across Bristol to come together, exchange ideas and explore the intersections between the health of our citizens and the environmental sustainability of our city.
It is organised by Bristol Green Capital Partnership, with contributors coming from across its partnership network, and is supported by Bristol Health Partners, which brings together the city’s major health institutions.
On Saturday 7 October, Healthy City Week kicks off with ‘Fun Palaces’ in Lawrence Hill’s Wellspring Healthy Living Centre and Avonmouth Community Centre. These community-led events will aim to catalyse conversations around air pollution, healthy eating, mental health and wellbeing, smoking and active travel. Free activities will explore our personal and environmental health through art, science, skills and stories – including YoBike graffiti workshops, food swaps, exhibitions and immersive walks.
These themes and more will be picked up in events and discussions throughout Healthy City Week. The varied programme includes:
- a community conversation in Easton and Lawrence Hill
- citizen sensing activities
- a public lecture focusing on the health impacts of air quality,
- a workshop on embedding nature in healthcare
- the launch of the new WHAM project (Warmer Homes, Advice and Money)
- a smart energy showcase
- a Bristol Community Health live radio broadcast will ask ‘Sustaining the NHS – what do we all need to do?’
A series of events from Bristol Health Partners Health Integration Teams (HITs) will share insights into research on sustaining wellbeing into old age, the health implications of pavement parking in Bristol and the impact of urban design on health. Bristol Green Capital Partnership will create further opportunities for collaboration and connection in the week, with open discussion and networking events.
As always, Healthy City Week is a fantastic opportunity to learn something new! An expo in the Heart Institute atrium in the BRI will showcase sustainable approaches to healthcare. A wellbeing day at the recently renovated New Rooms in the heart of Broadmead will offer free taster sessions and workshops. Go Green will explore the science of wellbeing in the workplace, with bike rides, a wellbeing breakfast and community farmer day also featuring in the programme.
Bristol libraries will be host to a range of events, including:
- a talk from Miguel Barclay on fast and fresh £1 meals
- how cycling can save the world with Bike Nation
- workshops from the innovative ‘Man Food’ project that looks at the relationships between men, protein and the environment
After Healthy City Week, the discussion continues with a short session at the Festival of the Future City. We will highlight some of the seeds of change that will help to build a healthier and more environmentally sustainable city.