Ulyanovsk region to host the International Healthy Cities Conference
From 28 to 29 March the region will become the platform for discussion of modern approaches to creation of the health saving environment and promotion of a healthy lifestyle among the population in Russia and Europe.
The Healthy Cities project has been implemented for the last 30 years with the assistance of World Health Organization (WHO). Today it is a global movement that includes more than 1800 cities in 55 countries of the world.
It is planned that the conference will be attended by deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of Russia; members of the Public Chamber; management of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, WHO Representative Office and WHO European Healthy Cities Network; heads and delegations from the cities - members of the Association; representatives from the countries in the European region; scientific and public organizations - partners of the Association.
“The Russian Association "Healthy Cities, Areas and Settlements" is one of the biggest national networks in Europe and includes 58 municipalities where over 16 million people live. Over the last seven years, we have become the largest public organization of the country in the sphere of health care. It is very important that mayors of the cities could see efficiency of this project and started to prove themselves as leaders by implementing the best practices in the territories. I am sure that thanks to our collaboration, we will achieve sustainable development of the cities in line with the goals and objectives set by the Head of State in the Address to the Federal Assembly on 1 March”, - reported Oleg Kuvshinnikov, the Chairman of the Association and the Governor of the Vologda Region.
According to the Governor of the Ulyanovsk region Sergey Morozov, five settlements of our region have been included into the Russian Association. “We pay close attention to the development of sport, especially the one for children. The regional budget for 2018 includes approximately 900 million rubles for these purposes. The Ulyanovsk region was the first to suggest restoring the GTO complex in educational institutions and businesses. Today this movement brings together millions of people throughout the country. In addition, over the last year life expectancy in the region has increased by 6 months and reached 71 years (66 years among men and 77 years among women). In early 2018, the number of inhabitants who do some sport on a regular basis amounted to 37.6%. Now we are working on the project "Ulyanovsk Region — the Healthy Region", which will be one of our priorities. We have set an ambitious task to increase in three years the number of people who lead a healthy lifestyle up to 50%. We want to achieve this through the comprehensive set of measures for creation of a single health saving environment and development of responsible attitude to health among Ulyanovsk residents”, - Sergey Morozov noted.
The Healthy Cities conference will become a milestone event for both the Ulyanovsk region and the whole country in general as maintaining population health is one of the priority spheres of social policy. According to organizers, the event will have a varied programme. It is planned to adopt the Declaration of Russian Healthy Cities to support the Copenhagen Consensus "Healthier and happier cities for all", as well as to address the issues of cooperation between the Russian Association and Eurasian countries for promotion of the WHO Healthy Cities project and creation of a single inter-country venue for such cities.