A joint workshop hosted by IPH, CoEfPH (NI) and HRB CHDR
10 June 2013. 12:45pm – 4:00pm
Ground floor, Western Gateway Building, University College Cork (location map below)
Of interest to people working in all levels of government and the voluntary & community sectors, researchers and academics. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by 5 June to register.
A key challenge for those working to increase the levels of physical activity in the community is to understand how to increase the walkability of our built environments. On 10 June 2013, the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH), the Centre of Excellence for Public Health (Northern Ireland), (QUB) and the HRB Centre for Health and Diet Research (UCC) are hosting a workshop to look at the lessons learnt from recent walkability studies conducted across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The aims of the workshop are to:
- Present findings from recent Irish and international walkability studies.
- Through facilitated discussion, explore how we might use these findings to support national policy and local government planning
- Produce a short policy briefing on walkability for all levels of government
This workshop is part of the joint work programme of the three organisations undertaken under the banner of the Obesity Hub (http://obesity.thehealthwell.info)
12:45pm Registration (sandwiches and tea/coffee served)
Welcome and Introduction - Dr Janas Harrington, University College Cork
The relationship between physical activity and walkability of the urban environment - Dr Mark Tully, Queen’s University Belfast
Beyond walkability: the importance of green exercise - Dr Colin Sage, University College Cork
A new walkability index and its application to local government planning in Northern Ireland - Prof. Geraint Ellis, Queen’s University Belfast
The challenge of delivering walkability in urban contexts: insights from Cork’s suburbs - Mr William Brady, University College Cork
Questions for the panel
- In combination, what do these and other studies tell us about how to increase the walkability of our built environments?
- What further research is needed to support all levels of government?
- How do we ensure that current knowledge is used to support national policy and local government planning?
Summing up and Close
Prof. Kevin Balanda, IPH