“Improving neighborhoods to promote physical activity and urban security: a participatory citizen project in Bilbao”

Unhealthy lifestyle habits are closely related to cardiovascular diseases and obesity. Previous studies have already demonstrated the importance of city factors and neighborhood characteristics on residents’ health and physical activity practice. Additionally, these results are consistent when comparing different contexts.

The aim of this project is to analyze urban environment factors related to physical activity, safety and citizen health in neighborhoods of different socioeconomic levels in Bilbao. Therefore, Photovoice Participatory-Action Research methodology will be used to carry out a community diagnosis.

Results of this study will be analyzed and shared during 2022. Based on the conclusions drawn by the citizens themselves, proposals to improve the urban environment will be developed.

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Nursing and Health Promotion Research Group

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Objective: to analyze how environmental factors influence the lifestyle habits of the community and their care for improving their health state.

Lines of research: urban health, nutrition, physical activity.

Urban research is the key for finding solutions to problems that we find in various neighborhoods that finally affect the health of its residents.

Multiple studies have shown that the place where we live and work determines our lifestyle habits and, consequently, the level of obesity of the population. Socioeconomic differences found between neighborhoods might determine the level of health of the population, so developing research studies about the characteristics of neighborhoods and their residents seems essential to make not only a community diagnosis, but also to seek answers and propose solutions that improve the situation of the most vulnerable population.

From the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), the Nursing and Health Promotion Research Group has launched the initiative “Healthy neighborhoods” with the aim of encouraging / promoting the citizen participation in the knowledge of weaknesses and strengths of their community and, thus, to be able to carry out practical solutions that allow to improve the quality of life of individuals, families and communities.


“Influence of the food environment on the health of residents of different neighborhoods of Bilbao: a citizen action-participatory study”

This research took place in 2017 and its objective was to analyze how people live and eat in different regions of Bilbao. Previous studies have shown that the place of residence, work and socioeconomic status influences eating, and therefore the obesity levels in the population.

A qualitative action-participatory research methodology was used, and residents from neighborhoods in Bilbao with different socioeconomic context (high, medium and low) participated. In this way, the citizens themselves were co-researchers in order to analyze the reality around them and were able to relate it to their health.

The type of methodology used in this study is highly innovative in the area of Public Health and was the second carried out in Spain, following the previous one in Madrid which analyzed the food environment of the poorest neighborhoods in Villaverde. It had a great social and media impact.

Project details


Interview Radio Popular


Fotovoz Bilbao at Herri Irratia

Esta mañana se ha presentado el Proyecto FOTOVOZ BILBAO, una iniciativa coordinada por un equipo de la Facultad de Medicina y Enfermería de la UPV/EHU

Informational meetings in each neighborhood

It is planned to meet with the neighbors of the districts of San Pedro de Deusto, Uribarri and San Francisco on the 3rd, 4th and

Photographic Exhibition: Photovoice Bilbao Citizen Proyect

JULY 4-12, in Bizkaia Aretoa! Inauguration of the exhibition and delivery of final policy recommendations

CADENA SER: conclusions of the project- August 11th


Radio Popular (06-07-2018)


A great visit to the photographic exhibition of PHOTOVOICE BILBAO

The perception of the citizens of the local food environment of Bilbao was considered by several political leaders of the Bilbao City Council. Thank you

Morning news about neighbourhoods (La SER-Bizkaia) 13-08-2018


News published in NAIZ website

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SER radio : "a vivir que son dos días"

https://www.mibarriosaludable.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/006RD010000000330106.mp3 Where you live, so you eat!!!

Bizkaia Irratian: "Zuzenean"

Amets Jauregi talking about PHOTOVOICE PROJECT!! https://www.mibarriosaludable.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/AMETS-JAUREGI-.mp3

Publication of PHOTO-BOOK

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