10 - 12.12.2012 International theoretical and practical conference “Izhevsk is an active city”
On December 10th-12th, 2012 Izhevsk hosted the International theoretical and practical conference“Izhevsk is an active city” that was organized within the framework of the municipal long-term target programme of development of public health of the city of Izhevsk “Health of the city – health of the Izhevsk citizens” meant for 2011-2014 and the WHO Healthy Cities project.
The principal organizers of the event were municipal establishment “the city of Izhevsk”, WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy cities in Russia (Moscow) and Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association (Turku, Finland).
The conference was aimed at promoting ideas of an active city, improving city environment favorable for physical activity and for involvement of dwellers of cities, districts and settlements into the healthy lifestyle.
On the conference opening the Head of the city of Izhevsk Mr. Alexander Ushakov and the Minister of sport of the Udmurt Republic Mr. Igor Krasnov presented welcoming speeches.
Head of the city underlined the importance of raised questions for the city of Izhevsk. “Physical activity is a source of not only physical, but also of spiritual and moral health of a person, – he said. – That is why the task of the city authorities is to create conditions for popularization of sport, for comfort and happy life in the city. During the conference Izhevsk will share its experience and plans in this sphere that are gathered in the very important document “Profile of physical activity of Izhevsk citizens”. We would also be happy to become acquainted with the experience of other cities – participants of the WHO Healthy Cities project that we will be able to use in our future work”.
Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy cities in Russia Ms. Yuliya Abrosimova and representatives of the Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association Ms. Johanna Reiman and Ms. Heini Parkkunen participated in the conference.
Moreover, representatives of cities – participants of the Russian Healthy Cities Network from Stavropol, Cherepovets, Stupino and others were actively involved into the working process. Among them there were representatives of city authorities, leaders and specialists in spheres of physical culture, sport, education and youth policy.
The conference “Izhevsk is an active city” began on 11th of December with the plenary session “Physical activity and health: citizens’ requirements and city environment”. Foreign guests – WHO expert, expert advisor in the city of Turku Ms. Heini Parkkunen and executive director of the Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association Ms. Johanna Reimen - presented their speeches in which they shared experience of the Baltic Region cities on development of physical activity within the frames of the WHO Healthy Cities project. Particular experience of the city of Turku on stimulating citizens’ physical activity was presented as well.
Deputy head of the Izhevsk City Administration Ms. Irina Tesleva submitted for consideration of the audience the Profile of physical activity of Izhevsk citizens. This document was created to draw attention of society and city authorities to the discussion of issues of physical activity. It gives an idea of work of authorities of different levels and public organizations aimed at popularization of physical culture and sport. On the other hand, the Profile assists in evaluating modern needs of citizens, their real preferences, in recognizing unused resources.
Discussion in thematic groups dedicated to such themes as “City policy regarding health and physical activity”, “City public dialogue regarding health and physical activity issues”, “Urban environment and physical activity” were followed by the workshop “Active city” and the second plenary meeting.
On December 12th, 2012 programme of the Conference included master class on Finnish walking that took place under the guidance of the head of the Finnish walking association Ms. Olga Milovidova.