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Healthy living knows no boundaries! The Healthy Living Prize is starting again - Projects can be submitted until 22 October.

Healthy living knows no boundaries! The Healthy Living Prize is starting again - Projects can be submitted until 22 October.
(NLK Burchhart) Dr. med. Karl-Heinz Feldhoff, State Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner, State Minster Ludwig Schleritzko

 

Staying healthy is not a matter of chance! The way we live our lives is critical to our own health. Not only can a healthy lifestyle promote personal wellbeing, but it can also reduce the risk of illness. We are living longer lives, but not necessarily healthier lives.

Although the average Austrian will live to be 81, only 65 of those years will be enjoyed in good health. Yet even small differences in our daily routine, such as regular exercise, a balanced diet and taking time to unwind, can have a big impact.

"We want people to be able to spend more of their lives in good health. 'Tut gut!' is our initiative to raise awareness among the residents of Lower Austria and to help them live healthier lives," explains State Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner.

The Healthy Living Prize of the "Tut gut!" initiative seeks to shine the spotlight on the most creative, most sustainable and most innovative healthy-living projects from throughout Austria and - for the first time ever - other European countries too. Over 1600 projects from all corners of the land have been submitted for the Healthy Living Prize since 2008, which this year will be awarded for the seventh time. Out of the hundreds of candidates put forward, the best 54 projects have received the Healthy Living Prize.

"The Healthy Living Prize brings exemplary initiatives to the attention of the public and honours them. Through this initiative we are also promoting a regional and international exchange of pioneering concepts, encouraging the public at large to engage more positively with their health and wellbeing. Out of this stem even more ideas for both the individual and their community," explains State Minister Ludwig Schleritzko.

Dr. Vera Russwurm has been supporting the project for a number of years. "Looking after our health is something that we all need to consider. That's why it is so important to keep on motivating yourself and others to remain active to prevent illness. The Healthy Living Prize helps with this - and also shows how much is already being done about this in Austria," says Dr. Russwurm.

Submit your healthy-living project now! It doesn't matter whether you're a school or nursery, a local community group or a company. You have to be in it to win it!

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Winning projects celebrated in Grafenegg! Lower Austria a driving force for healthy living in Austria!

Winning projects celebrated in Grafenegg! Lower Austria a driving force for healthy living in Austria!
(NÖGUS) Dr. Vera Russwurm and State Governor Dr. Erwin Pröll

"With the Healthy Living Prize, we are turning the spotlight on the best initiatives and inviting people to follow the example of these exemplary projects. The broad spectrum of projects submitted shows that the state of Lower Austria has established itself as a driving force for health promotion nationwide," said State Governor Dr. Erwin Pröll at the 6th Healthy Living Prize gala in Grafenegg.

Nine winning projects were chosen from the 27 nominated finalists. They had the honour of receiving prize money of EUR 3000 each and the stylish trophy in the shape of the Greek goddess of health, Hygieia."

"We have had an amazing response right from the start; the numbers speak for themselves, with around 1600 projects entered, of which more than half were from other Austrian states, 54 award-winning projects and 1.6 million people involved. With our nationwide Healthy Living Prize, we are supporting the sharing of ideas between states and also raising awareness of healthy living activities," stressed Deputy State Governor Wolfgang Sobotka.

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Expert jury announces nominations for the Healthy Living Prize 2016

Expert jury announces nominations for the Healthy Living Prize 2016
(NÖGUS) Assoc.Prof. Dungl-Zauner, Prof. Perner, BTh, Assoc.Prof. Podolsky, Dr. Jäger and Dr. Püspök after the jury meeting for the Healthy Living Prize 2016

"The Healthy Living Prize has an impact far beyond state borders and serves as a platform for the exchange of ideas and experience between Austria's states and regions. The aim of the Healthy Living Prize is to introduce innovative projects in the field of health promotion and illness prevention to the general public and encourage people to be more aware of their own health,"

says Deputy State Governor Wolfgang Sobotka. The award ceremony for the "Healthy Living Prize 2016" will take place on Sunday, 28 February 2016 at an afternoon ceremony hosted by Dr. Vera Russwurm in the Grafenegg Auditorium.

"Once again this year there were a host of new and innovative projects focusing on healthy living. I'm looking forward to the ceremony and I'm very excited to see which projects will win this year," says Wolfgang Sobotka.

The projects listed below (in alphabetical order and sorted by category) were nominated for the Healthy Living Prize 2016 by the jury of internationally esteemed experts. There are two winners in each category (from Lower Austria and from the whole of Austria). Any projects that are especially noteworthy are included in a category for the Jury's Special Prize, from which one winning project is chosen. All the winners receive a bronze trophy depicting the Greek goddess of health, Hygieia, and EUR 3000 in prize money.

Companies category

  • Fit4Work im Klinikum (Fit4Work at the hospital) – state hospitals in Waldviertel, Lower Austria
  • Fit & Beweglich 77+ (Fit & active 77+) – Senecura, Lower Austria
  • Gesundheit verbindet (Be healthy together) – RAG Rohöl-Aufsuchungs-AG, Vienna
  • Gesund werden & bleiben, aber... (Become and stay healthy, but...) – Spar, Lower Austria
  • Unser Pflegeheim-Garten (Our care home garden) – Retz, Lower Austria
  • Vereinscoaching (Club coaching) – Upper Austrian Health Insurance Fund & Upper Austrian Football Association

Educational Institutions category

  • Durchblick –Gesundheitskompetenz für Frauen (Insight – health literacy for women) – Health centre for women, parents & girls, Vienna
  • Gesunde Lehrer, gesunde Schule! (Healthy teachers, healthy school!) – Klosterneuburg School, Lower Austria
  • Gesunde Schule, unser Apfeltisch (Healthy school, our apple table) – Markt Piesting primary school, Lower Austria
  • Kräuterfeen im Wichtelreich (Herb fairies in fairy land) – Wolfsbach primary school, Lower Austria
  • LUFTIBUS (Airy bus) – the fresh-air express for pedestrians – Styrian Centre for Environmental Education
  • Wasserschule (Water School) – Sallingberg primary school, Lower Austria

Municipalities/Cities category

  • Connecting People – Mentors for young refugees – SOS Mitmensch Korneuburg, Lower Austria
  • GAAS – Project to promote health literacy – St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Lower Austria
  • Gesundheitsförderung- und vorsorge im ländlichen Raum (Healthy living in the countryside) – Municipality of Vorau, Styria
  • Gesundheit in Bewegung 2.0 (Health through Exercise 2.0) – Klagenfurt University of Applied Sciences, Carinthia
  • Obststadt Wiener Neustadt, Martin Mollay, Lower Austria
  • Stolz auf unser Dorf – Auf gesunde Nachbarschaft (Proud of our village – A healthy neighbourhood) – Village and urban regeneration in Grossschönau, Lower Austria

Private Initiatives category

  • Großdietmanns radelt zum Mond (Grossdietmanns cycles to the moon) – "We're for Dietmanns" village regeneration, Lower Austria
  • Ich kann gesund leben (I can live healthily) – New Level, Carinthia
  • Child safety in South-West Styria – "Große schützen Kleine" (Big ones protect little ones) – Austrian Committee for the Prevention of Accidents among Children
  • Tanz mittendrin (Get in and dance) – DanceAbility Waldviertel
  • TRIEBÜHNE – NEET for PEERs – Youth and Culture Club, Lower Austria
  • Wir machen mit! Für ein gesundes Leben (We're joining in! For a healthy life) – Resmiye Öztürk, Lower Austria

Jury's Special Prize category

  • Miniköche Rankweil (Rankweil Mini-Chefs) – Slow Food in Vorarlberg
  • Mobile kindergarten psychologists – Prophylactic Health Association, Upper Austria
  • Young Mum – Haus Lena, Vienna 

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200 entries for the 6th Healthy Living Prize, over half of them from Lower Austria!

Between 15 September and 13 December 2015, around 200 healthy living projects were submitted, from all over Austria. The Healthy Living Prize aims to increase awareness of healthy living. Deputy State Governor Wolfgang Sobotka expressed his great respect for the roughly 200 entries and the commitment of the Austrian people:

"The Healthy Living Prize is an important national foundation for health promotion. With this award, we are setting a key benchmark for the future."

The Healthy Living Prize was initiated in 2008 by the Deputy Governor of the state of Lower Austria, Wolfgang Sobotka. Since it started, a total of 1416 healthy living projects from all over Austria have been submitted and 45 have won awards. Now that the period for submitting entries is over, the distinguished jury – consisting of well-known personalities from different sectors – has to choose a winner, based on sustainability, creativity, number of participants and role-model potential.

"The fact is, every project is a winner! All of them, simply by entering for the competition, serve as role models and have taken an important step towards promoting healthy lifestyles!" continued Sobotka.  

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The competition for the best healthy living projects in Austria is underway!

The competition for the best healthy living projects in Austria is underway!
(NLK Filzwieser): Deputy State Governor Wolfgang Sobotka and Dr. Vera Russwurm with the "Hygieia" Healthy Living Prize trophy

To a great extent, our health depends on our lifestyle.

"To lead a healthy life and stay healthy into old age – that's our goal. With healthy living services provided as part of the "Tut gut!" ("Does you good!") initiative, we are helping the people of Lower Austria to enjoy more years of good health by actively taking responsibility for their own health. The Healthy Living Prize brings exemplary initiatives to the attention of the public and honours them,"

explains the Deputy State Governor Wolfgang Sobotka. Whether you are a school, a local community, a club or a company, an individual or part of a team, from now until 30 November 2015, anyone can enter a healthy living project in the competition!

Dr. Vera Russwurm has also given her personal support to the project for many years:

"Healthy living is something that affects us all personally. That's why it is so important to keep on motivating yourself and others to remain active to prevent illness. The Healthy Living Prize helps with this – and also shows how much is already being done about this in Austria," says Dr. Vera Russwurm.

Download press photo 1: (NLK Filzwieser): Deputy State Governor Wolfgang Sobotka and Dr. Vera Russwurm with the "Hygieia" Healthy Living Prize trophy
Download press photo 2: (NLK Filzwieser): Deputy State Governor Wolfgang Sobotka., Dr. Vera Russwurm, Christine Thalhammer with children from Traismauer middle school
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