Having grown up in a single parent family and being one of four boys I was exposed to the hardships of what 'living below the breadline' actually meant. Even though life was tough, we were always active and played as much sport as we could. I firmly believe that this provided me with the resilience and mental strength to ignore the hardships and focus on working hard to change my situation. I have now been a primary school teacher for 10 years, I have been nominated for teacher of the year for my work around pupil engagement in physical activity and fundraising challenges. This issue is important to me because I want to help as many children as possible who although may have had a difficult start in life through exercise and education they can change their circumstances and outlook on life.
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Why it's a great idea:
As a company we have researched the current state of child obesity and the impact this is having on hospital admissions, child mental health referrals, increased GP visits, reduced levels of self esteem and confidence. As a teacher I recognised that for a long time pupils have been vastly under serviced when it comes to health and wellbeing. Teachers can no longer carry the burden of trying to manage academic progress pressures as well as improve the physical and mental wellbeing of children. Currently 22% of four year olds that start school are classed as being over-weight or obese. Sadly this figure rises as the same cohort of children move through primary school. By the time the children reach Year 6 (age 10/11) 36% are classed as being overweight or obese. The negative personal ramifications on these pupils as they move through education is frightening. Research shows that these children are more likely to be obese in adulthood and are at risk of further health issues. NH
Steps to get it done:
NHS digital reports that 876,000 admissions a year are linked to either obesity or individuals being overweight. Of that two thirds of those admitted to hospital are from socially deprived areas. With the current lockdown situation adding to this issue it is crucial we act to help support and engage young people in physical activity but also to make sure they are educated about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
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