Fit 4 YOUth

 Inspiring healthier lives in young people across Berkshire.

 

Contacts

0118 909 0927

About Fit 4 YOUth

Fit4YOUth is a genuinely unique activities programme that is helping to keep children and their families fit and healthy in Berkshire. 

The programme is designed to inspire children (aged 7 to 16 years) and their families to lead healthier lives by improving their diet and their personal hygiene, better preparing the children for education.  Fit4YOUth has chosen to involve children of this age because of the 'striking behaviour changes' that are seen between childhood and adolescence, including a suppressed reaction to satiety and reduction in physical activity. Education at this age encourages them to adopt healthier choices and behaviour, potentially slowing or reversing the obesity epidemic. 

Obesity not only leads to physiological health problems but also psychological and social issues such as bullying and stigmatisation.  Therefore Fit4YOUth takes a holistic view of healthy living for children, helping to develop a healthy lifestyle for the next generation.  In Berkshire, approximately one-third of children aged 10 and 11 years are classed as overweight/obese and this project, delivered by Berkshire Youth, is working to bring those numbers down.

The programme and individual workshops take the groups through sessions designed to provide key health messages around nutrition, physical activity and hygiene.  Physical activity is a key part of the sessions, encouraging the young people to become more active in fun games and non-curricular sports.  Interventions that involve physical activity and education through speciality nutrition education programmes and experimental learning approaches have been shown to be more effective in providing long term behaviour change and healthy weight maintenance.

Evidence from research shows that schools and youth clubs are the 'universal catchment setting for children' and offer ideal locations for this type of intervention, where Fit4YOUth instructors use their knowledge to deliver potentially life-changing experiences with passion and integrity.  The involvement of parents and a teacher/youth leader are key in promoting a consistent message and providing empowerment to the parents to make positive lifestyle changes.  Whilst schools and youth clubs play a huge role in child nutrition and physical activity, the home environment and dinner routines are also key factors which influence obesity risk, which is why parent involvement is key to the success of Fit4YOUth.  Other benefits of parental, teacher and youth leader involvement include positive role modelling and a strong support network for the children taking part.

 

Testimonies 

 “I have enjoyed my experience becoming a Youth Health Champion. I have learnt many things and have taken them away – such as stress management, 5 ways, anti-smoking, alcohol and drugs.” – youngperson

 

“I have enjoyed working with my friends and I think I have really benefitted from learning about how to stay mentally healthy.” – young person

 

“It was really fun and we had lots of freedom also we learnt about how to live a life by cooking and learning about mental health and the 5 ways to well-being.” – young person

 

“Having started working with the boys in September 2017 the progress they have made from then to now is incredible, they’ve really come out of their shells and their confidence has doubled. They seem to have really taken on board what they’ve learnt and absolutely love the 5 ways to well-being which is brilliant for kids their age to take an interest in mental health.” –  Youth Health Champion Coordinator  

 

 

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Contacts

0118 909 0927