The winners in 2016

Here's a list of all the winners of the Healthy Living Prize 2016.
You can see photographs of the prize-giving ceremony here!

Winner for Austria

Gesundheitsförderung- und vorsorge im ländlichen Raum (Healthy living in the countryside)

Healthy region of Vorau, municipality of Vorau, Patriz Pichlhöfer

The healthy region of Vorau was the first region in Styria to decide to show how health promotion and illness prevention can work in the countryside, and so it appointed a Health Coordinator. Their role is to help highlight gaps in health promotion and illness prevention services, address them and improve existing services. The basic idea is to protect, maintain and improve the health of the local population by making a coordinated effort and introducing effective and sustainable measures.

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Winner for Lower Austria

Stolz auf unser Dorf – Auf gesunde Nachbarschaft (Proud of our village – A healthy neighbourhood!)

NÖ.Regional.GmbH, St. Pölten, Elisabeth Wachter

The main focus of the "Proud of our village" project is on encouraging supportive neighbourhoods. During the campaign, the inhabitants of Lower Austria were invited to present their ideas for village and urban regeneration. Eighty-eight measures were taken, all dealing with maintaining and improving social networks in the local area. These good neighbourly relationships also have a positive effect on people's health. In the end, the initiative reached 60,000 people.

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Winner for Austria

Gesundheit verbindet (Be healthy together)

RAG Rohölaufsuchungs-AG, Reinhard Pachner, Sabine Grasmuk

The "Be healthy together" programme is available free of charge to employees and their families. Employees set up a "health account" and can then book health-related activities themselves. A Health Newsletter and regular Health Days encourage employees to take an interest in the subject of health. Special attention is paid to preventing mental and psychosocial illnesses. The health programme is planned in advance each year and evaluated using feedback forms.

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Winner for Lower Austria

Fit4work in the hospitals in the Waldviertel

Waldviertel Regional Management, Dr. Andreas Reifschneider, Thomas Schmallegger, MSc

The idea behind the "Fit4Work at the hospital" project is to establish a corporate health promotion scheme at the hospitals in the Waldviertel region. At each hospital, a project leader has been appointed who receives input from health coordinators. Regular meetings are held to encourage the hospitals to network and work together to implement the scheme. Steering groups and working groups set up at the hospitals organise and implement the health promotion activities for all the employees. Patients and visitors also become involved. The project has been evaluated in regular staff surveys.

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Winner for Austria

Luftibus (Airy bus) – the fresh-air express for pedestrians

Styrian Centre for Environmental Education, Cosima Pilz

The "Luftibus" project trains schoolchildren to be traffic professionals with a special interest in "walking" and "air pollution". At a time when the school run is increasingly motorised, the main aim of the project is to set up groups of walkers, called the Luftibus. Parents are told about the Luftibus when they enrol their children for school. Each year, children in Year 3 work out new walking routes so that they can accompany first-year children along the route that they will walk to school in future. The Luftibus was tested in a few pilot schools and traffic around the school was reduced by up to 25%.

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Winner for Lower Austria

Wasserschule (Water School)

Sallingberg primary school, head teacher Elfriede Schierhuber

The "Water School" project highlights the importance of drinking enough and eating healthily. The subject is integrated into all areas of teaching as far as possible. New water pipes and a drinking fountain were installed, and glass bottles with carry-cases were purchased for all the children. Now, instead of sweetened, flavoured juices, the children drink only tap water. The bottles are filled every day and the children are constantly encouraged to drink. As a result of the campaign, all the teachers, as well as the children, became water drinkers.

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Winner for Austria

Großdietmanns radelt zum Mond (Grossdietmanns cycles to the moon)

"We're for Dietmanns" village regeneration scheme, Chairman Johannes Koller

The idea of the "Grossdietmanns cycles to the moon" project is to encourage the inhabitants of this large municipality to cycle more. On a sign-up day in the spring, the odometer readings on local residents' bikes were recorded. At a closing event in the autumn, the readings and the number of kilometres ridden were announced. In between, gatherings and excursions for cyclists were organised to encourage the participants. In 2015, for the first time 497 residents of the community of Grossdietmanns cycled not just the distance to the moon but further, a total of 455,108 km.

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Winner for Lower Austria

Triebühne – an educational theatre project – NEETs for PEERs

Youth and Culture Club of Wiener Neustadt, Lydia Leitl, Susanne Marton

The aim of the "Triebühne" project is to offer young people aged between 16 and 24 who are not in education or training the opportunity to be creative together on a regular basis by, for example, doing drama together. This educational theatre event, which takes place every week, has brought about changes in the young people's personalities and prospects and increased their self-esteem. The regular supervision of young people who all have different backgrounds and needs, combined with the educational theatre activities, helps to prevent future health risks.

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Nationwide

Young Mum

Haus Lena, Uschi Reim-Hofer

The Young Mum team at Haus Lena makes sure that young women in the difficult situation of becoming mothers while still teenagers are not left alone, and supports them on a journey that is not always easy. Midwives, gynaecologists, psychologists and a social worker support the pregnant teenagers before, during and after the birth, giving personal and individual advice to both the future mums and the future dads. The many courses that are offered give the new mothers the opportunity to share their experiences and receive professional support.

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