Healthy Goals: Better Lives

Type of activity: Classes in sports clubs.

Target group: Youth aged 15-18.

Topic addressed: Physical activity and healthier lifestyles.

Values created: Personal development, empowerment to make informed decision and improved self-esteem.

Project impact: In 2016 in cooperation with Everton in the Community (EITC) and National Citizenship Service (NCS), a pilot test was successfully carried out, which counted with the involvement of over 160 youth. Twice as many people as the initial intended number.

Results from 2016 test programme:

  • 69% of young people increased the amount of physical activity they do per week.
  • 83% improved their diet by eating more fruit and vegetables and by reducing consumption of unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks.
  • 40% felt they could manage their health more effectively and make better choices after the course.

Project Description

Healthy Stadia has developed a bespoke healthy lifestyle and motivational programme - Healthy Goals, Better Lives - that uses the power of sport to educate on key lifestyle risk factors.

The programme trains club community coaches and staff to deliver interactive sessions offering a balanced approach to healthier lifestyles, giving young people a greater understanding of the issues at stake. Key themes considered during the course include:

-Physical activity and fitness

-Healthier diet, cooking and shopping for food

-Tobacco and cannabis use

-Illegal recreational drugs and new psychoactive substances

Materials include: powerpoint presentations, classroom-based games, physical activity sessions and lifestyle survey.

In addition to this, youth will also benefit from an introduction to ‘goal setting’ as a key tool for helping to make lifestyle choices. Short and long-term goals are set and run through the programme, offering participants an understanding for making changes to lifestyle. Staff receive training on goal setting and a set of practical tools to help with delivery.

The lifestyle survey, completed by all participants pre and post-programme, is designed to capture both attitudinal and behavioural data set.

Main outputs

  • To train coaches and staff to deliver the Healthy Goals programmes
  • To assist with the development of a healthier lifestyle for young adults
  • To increase participation in physical activity
  • To improve sedentary behaviour


About Healthy Stadia

Healthy Stadia is a European network that collaborates with sport clubs, operators and governing bodies to develop policies and practices that contribute towards the health and safety of fans, stadia workforce and their communities.

http://healthystadia.eu/