The Healthy Boost project (Urban Labs for Better Health for All in the Baltic Sea Region - boosting cross-sectoral cooperation for health and wellbeing in the cities) joins fourteen partners from different levels of governance and from different sectors from seven countries in the Baltic Sea Region. The aim is to improve the capacities of local authorities to enhance health and well-being of the residents through cross-sectoral cooperation.

The main objective of the project is to contribute to the sustainable development of the BSR cities and social wellbeing of city residents of the BSR through improved – more innovative, effective and integrated – crosssectoral urban policies. This will be achieved through:

  • enhancing co-creation and enabling citizens participation in planning of the policies for health and wellbeing,
  • improving cross-sectoral cooperation in the BSR cities in order to enable city administration to provide integrated policies for better citizens’ health and wellbeing and
  • enhancing the innovativeness of the city administration around the BSR to respond better to current and future complex challenges of health and wellbeing in the municipalities.

The main output of the project will be a model for effective cooperation for cross-sectoral urban policies for health and wellbeing, incl. other sectors, citizens and SMEs – developed on the health and wellbeing cases and further generalized to address the other aspects of the urban life. Also, a tool for self-assessment of the needs, values, participatory capabilities, motivation, willingness and best practices of the cities in crosssectoral cooperation for health and wellbeing. At the end Baltic Sea Region policy recommendations will be written on cross-sectoral urban policies for health and wellbeing – lessons learned during the project generalized for the use of other cities in the Baltic Sea Region.

Project personnel in Metropolia 

Arja Liinamo
Project Manager
Expert, health promotion
Tel: +358 40 334 0918
Email: Arja.Liinamo metropolia fi

Kaija Matinheikki-Kokko
Expert, wellbeing & rehabilitation
Tel: +358 40 334 0855
Email: Kaija.Matinheikki-Kokko metropolia fi

Jussi Linkola
Communication specialist
Tel: +358 40 184 2448
Email: Jussi.Linkola metropolia fi