Inactivity is pervasive in UK society and linked to lack of self worth
Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief UK medical officer, states that inactivity is more of a problem to Public Health than smoking, drinking and alcohol abuse combined. The causes of inactivity can be traced back to children lacking in self esteem, personal confidence and feeling isolated with a lack of self worth. Disadvantaged children from the poorer parts of society are the most vulnerable to having low aspiration levels – and are also those under threat from disengagement, underachievement and having poor health.
The recent BBC programme “Poor Kids” illustrates very starkly the vicious circle that can set in very early in the lives of young children. Project HE:RO™ (Health Engagment : Real Outcomes) has evolved as it has grown to overcome many of the issues that lead to damaged life expectations for young children.
Project HERO supports personal development outside and inside the classroom
Project HERO is delivered by Evolve Health Mentors – specially selected, trained and enthusiastic role models who work with ALL children in a primary school to engage them physically, alongside their peers. By developing the children’s physical literacy and showing them just how much progress they can achieve with the right support and commitment the Health Mentors open up new horizons for the children. At the same time the inspirational, engaging Health Mentor is deployed in the classroom working with children on a wide range of programmes, from supporting basic numeracy and literacy, to the implementation of Individual Behaviour or Education Plans to improve attainment with the most vulnerable children and encourage personal development.
Together we can encourage positive attitudes in the young
Project HERO aims to inspire higher confidence amongst children, improve their attendance and attainment in school while introducing more activity, with their schoolmates, into their everyday lives.
The biggest single outcome of this is happier, healthier children – more prepared to face life with a more positive attitude.
A growing number of pioneering headteachers around the country are contracting with Evolve to engage with Project HERO and add Health Mentors as a new dimension to their staffing provision. The feedback from headteachers, and OFSTED, indicates that a significant social impact is being achieved through a very innovative and cost effective intervention that inspires happier and healthier children. For more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0895 519 8446
G J Morgan 2011Tags: BBC Poor Kids, Health Mentors, Low self esteem in children, Poor Kids, project hero, Projecthero.co.uk, vulnerable children