The Revive Project is a not-for-profit community interest company (CIC) and social enterprise committed to developing and improving the health and well-being of disadvantaged young people within Wolverhampton and the West Midlands.
As a social enterprise we are committed to investing all of our profits back into our local community. Profits go towards providing free weight management programmes (Fighting Fit Club) for young people from disadvantaged or ethnic minority backgrounds, as well as healthy lifestyle workshops for our local community and free physical activity sessions for inactive young people. Our concept BUY SOCIAL, allows companies and organisations to buy services from ourselves whereby you can invest in a local social purpose as well has having a service that you need delivered.
Whilst we are committed to delivering social change, you also have an opportunity to help.
Our vision is to provide a holistic approach combining physical activity, nutrition and psychology to help young people and their families achieve long-term sustainable healthy lifestyles and regain control over their own health and well-being. As obesity levels within Wolverhampton and surrounding areas continue to rise, families are struggling more and more to pay for leisure activities and healthy lifestyles. Our aim is to create a project which provides: leisure services for free; a community hub whereby young people can partake in nutritional workshops, physical activity and psycho-therapy sessions; and a place where young people who may feel ostracised from wider society due to weight related issues feel welcome in a comfortable environment and can re-build their confidence.
In 2014, the study “Helping Overcome Obesity Problems” found that 4.5 million children and young people in the UK were overweight or obese. In the same year, the National Child Measurement Programme found that nationally 33% of ten and eleven year olds were either overweight or obese and in the West Midlands the figure was 36%, the third highest in England.
The Health Survey England in 2013 also found that both boys and girls from lower income households were twice as likely to be overweight or obese as those from higher income families. This has serious implications for areas of greater deprivation, such as the West Midlands, where a higher proportion of children live in poorer households than the national average.
Obesity is a ticking time bomb, with major consequences for individuals, families, communities and the NHS. It shortens lives and increases the instance of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, strokes and some cancers. Increased obesity can also cause psychological harm such as depression, anxiety and low self-esteem as well as have a negative impact on academic performance.
The cost of obesity is not just to the health of individuals. The UK’s Health Select Committee estimates the cost to the NHS as £5.1 billion p.a., with an additional cost of £8.8 billion p.a. for treating type 2 diabetes, which can be a consequence of obesity. The cost to the wider economy is estimated at £27 billion p.a. The Committee has called for better nutrition and more physical activity for all children, pointing to too much dietary sugar and a chronic lack of exercise as two key causes of obesity.
The Health Select Committee recently published its report* on childhood obesity, concluding that “The scale and consequences of childhood obesity demand bold and urgent action”.
* The Health Select Committee report of 27.11.15 can be found here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmselect/cmhealth/465/46504.htm#_idTextAnchor012
There is a separate, detailed report on obesity in Wolverhampton here:http://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=4833&p=0