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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.

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Thank you so much for coming to talk to the skiers about their nutrition and fuelling premium athletes with premium foods. They have told me that they think about what to eat before and after training and are having to a bit more creative at lunch times. They have taken on board what you have said. I have already noticed a difference with those I have seen this week. Please come again some time!

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Next Stage team came to speak with the Grampian Junior Pathways Netball Groups. The sessions were well balanced and pitched at a really good level that got 11-13 year old players discussing the benefits of a healthy balanced diet for young athletes. The girls all enjoyed the sessions and reported that they now consider what food and fluids they eat and drink. They especially enjoyed the ‘understanding food labelling’ part of the session.

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Next Stage delivered an excellent nutritional seminar for our Sports Bursars and Scholars. They dispelled many of the myths surrounding the use of supplements and backed it up with sound current research. The information was presented in an easy to understand format and sparked some interesting debate.

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I would heartily recommend Next Stage. They worked with young people at Aberdeen City Music School Hall of residence and the presentations were perfectly pitched to the needs of young people. The Q&A sessions at the end where the young people asked their own questions were handled with skill and humor. The sessions were very popular and we hope to have them back soon

Marc Howes, Manager, Aberdeen city music school
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I understand that you deliver health and wellbeing workshops targeting young people to equip them with knowledge to make better lifestyle decisions. As diets have become unhealthier it is important to have initiatives like this to make sure as a society we all are making healthier choices

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Just wanted to let you know that we won the international match against County Down 14-9, and the ladies were extremely impressed with your workshops so thank you so much for all your help! I’ll be in touch in a few months about next year’s plans if you’d like to be involved again!

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Residents at New Horizons would like to say thank to Next Stage for delivering a session on exercise and healthy nutrition, it was informative, interactive and fun. Residents came away from the session having a better understanding of how to budget their money to afford healthier meals and how to make better choices when buying food. Everyone really enjoyed the exercise part of the session, which was great fun and got us all motivated get out there and be more active.

Jacqueline Macaulay, Action for children
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