Why we do it

The well being and health of our young people is the future of our community.  Healthier, happier children do better in life. Our young children are facing ever increasing pressures and dangers to damage their health.

30.3% of 2 – 15 year olds are overweight or obese –  that’s almost 1 in 3.

(Source: Health Survey for England (HSE) 2010)

The good news is that now only 5% of 11-15 year olds are regular smokers (i.e. at least one cigarette a week) and this figure has decreased year on year for the past 10 years.

(Source: Statistics on Smoking:England, NHS 2010)

Reported drug use was more common among older pupils; for example, 5% of 11 year olds said they had used drugs in the last year, compared with 30% of 15 year olds in 2009.

(Source: NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre “Statistics on Drug Misuse: England, 2010”)

Among 35 European countries, the UK has the third-highest proportion of 15 year olds who report having been drunk 10 times or more in the past year.

(Source: www.drinkaware.co.uk)

Alcohol plays a big part in antisocial behaviour, crime and violence. A Home Office survey found that one in five (18%) 12-13 year olds and over a quarter (28%) of 14-15 year olds caused damage while drinking, while one in ten 15-16 year olds said that drinking had led them to get in trouble with the police.

(Source: www.drinkaware.co.uk)

In the 11-15 age group, boys were more likely to have been offered drugs than girls, with 35% of boys having been offered them compared with 31% of girls.

(Source: NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre “Statistics on Drug Misuse: England, 2010”)