There is no better time for us to introduce this much needed service, with those at risk of obesity having risen dramatically in recent years. The proportion of boys at risk of obesity rose from 14.5% in 1998 to 19.7% in 2012, with girls being at risk in 2012 by 13.7% (Scottish Health Survey, 2012). We need these percentages to stop rising, and we strongly believe that if children are given the opportunity to gain the health and wellbeing information they need, we will see a decrease in these shocking statistics.
We want to teach the future generation how to be health and wellbeing champions. To do so, we need to change their mind-set in order for them to make healthy choices independently as this shall bode well for society in the future. Investing in our children is most vital because the habits they develop early in life are associated with their long-term wellbeing. Therefore, Next Stage looks to actively provide the tools required to prevent chronic lifestyle issues that could arise in later life such as; obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Although we aim to help all, the project will make serious attempt to cover those in areas where there is a significant level of multiple deprivation and allow them to understand that being healthy doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult.