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Go Golborne bids goodbye

After three and a half fun packed years the Go Golborne project has come to an end. Go Golborne started as a pilot in 2015 to engage the Golborne community in actions to make it easier for local children to eat well and keep active.

Since the start of the project over 100 organisations have been involved in activities ranging from 5ADAY pop-up stalls, walking challenges, training sessions and family fun day events. A total of 52 grants have been provided to help local organisations deliver new activities to promote healthy eating and physical activity. Over 3,000 children and families have participated in activities funded or organised by Go Golborne, and a whopping 76,000 new health promotion resources have been distributed to families across the area! We even made two fab music videos – 5ADAY Your Way! and Unplug & Play!

The University of Kent are evaluating the impact of Go Golborne and will be publishing their final report in Summer 2019. Initial findings are looking positive – local children are reporting a marked improvement in their attitude to healthy eating and that they are drinking more water and fewer sugary snacks. Levels of childhood obesity across the area are stable and showing signs of reducing.

Activities introduced as part of Go Golborne will leave a positive legacy across the area. The success of the pilot is paving the way for an exciting new borough-wide programme to promote healthy lifestyles amongst children and families that will launch in 2019. This will enable even more children and parents across the area to benefit from increased opportunities to eat well and keep active.

Commenting on the end of the pilot Ellie Lewis, co-ordinator of Go Golborne said ‘Go Golborne has demonstrated how much can be achieved when a community comes together to help improve children’s health. The success of the project is down to the committed staff in local organisations and the children and parents who participated with such enthusiasm. The fact that learning from Go Golborne is shaping a new borough-wide programme is a fitting legacy for the project.’  

 

 

Go Golborne bids goodbye