About

Our Health & Wellbeing project is targeted at the most disadvantaged people in society to make it easier for individuals to make healthier choices and tackling obesity. Our Primary focus is in the Shadwell Lap 4 area where there is a major lack in provisions.

Our workers have the experience and understanding of what it means to live in or be part of their community. They act as a crucial link between health professionals and communities, translating health messages into actions that take account of individual circumstances. The plan represents a dramatic shift away from emergency treatment and more towards health prevention.

Aim

To support and motivate individuals and groups within the community to lead healthier lifestyles and tackle obesity.

Objectives

  1. To engage people in physical activity and healthy lifestyle programmes.
  2. To provide practical support to people who wish to improve their health and well-being. These include:
    • Smoking Cessation
    • Healthy cooking & eating
    • Addiction Support
    • Exercise

Obesity

Obesity is a term used to describe somebody who is very overweight with a high degree of body fat.

 

There are a number of ways a person’s weight can be assessed. The most widely used method is body mass index.

 

Body mass index (BMI) is your weight in kilograms divided by your height in metres squared. You can use the NHS Choices BMI healthy weight calculator to work out your own BMI:

  • if your BMI is between 25 and 29, you would be considered overweight
  • if your BMI is between 30 and 40, you would be considered obese
  • if your BMI is over 40, you would be considered very obese (known as “morbidly obese”)

 

Another useful method is to measure around your waist. People with very fat waists (94cm or more in men and 80cm or more in women) are more likely to develop obesity-related health problems.

The risks of obesity

Being obese increases your risk of developing a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, such as:

 

In addition, obesity can damage your quality of life and can often trigger depression.

 

Read more about the complications of obesity

Treatment

There are four main goals in the treatment of obesity:

  • preventing further weight gain
  • gradually losing weight through a combination of a calorie-controlled diet and regular exercise
  • avoiding regaining any lost weight
  • improving general health and reducing the risk of obesity-related complications

 

Some people prefer a one-to-one consultation with a trainer or dietitian, while others prefer being part of a weight loss group, which can either be organised by local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) or through commercial organisations. You may want to use an internet application such as the NHS BMI Tracker tool to monitor your weight.

 

A medication called orlistat can aid weight loss, but this should be used in combination with the steps mentioned above, not as an alternative. Your GP will be able to advise whether orlistat is suitable for you.

 

Many people will also need help examining and changing unhealthy patterns of thinking and behaviour.

 

Read more about the treatment of obesity

Who is affected?

A survey published in 2012 found that just over a quarter of all adults (26%) in England are obese.

 

Obesity is also an increasing problem in children, with around one in seven children classified as obese.

Outlook

There is no “magic wand” treatment for obesity. Weight loss programmes take commitment and can be challenging, but they are successful for people who stick with them.

 

Research looking at obese people who completed a commercial weight loss programme lasting 12 months found they lost around 5-10% of their body weight.

 

While this may not sound like a great amount, it is important to stress that even a modest reduction in weight brings important health benefits. Losing this amount of weight will significantly reduce your risk of developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

 

Taken from the NHS website: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Obesity/Pages/Introduction.aspx

The Causes of Obesity

Most cases of obesity are caused by eating too much and moving too little. If you consume high amounts of energy from your diet but do not burn off the energy through exercise and physical activity, the surplus energy is turned into fat.

Calories

The energy value of food is measured in units called calories.

 

The average physically active man needs 2,500 calories to maintain a healthy weight, and the average physically active woman needs 2,000. This may sound high, but it can be easy to reach this limit if you eat certain types of food.

 

For example, eating a large take away hamburger, fries and a milkshake can add up to 1,500 calories of your intake.

 

Another problem is that many people are not physically active, so lots of the calories they consume end up being “wasted” and converted into fat cells.

Lifestyle Choices

Obesity does not just happen overnight – it develops gradually from poor diet and lifestyle choices.

 

For example, unhealthy food choices could include:

  • eating processed or fast food high in fat
  • not eating fruit, vegetables and unrefined carbohydrates, such as wholemeal bread and brown rice
  • drinking too much alcohol – alcohol contains a lot of calories, and heavy drinkers are often overweight
  • eating out a lot – you may have a starter or dessert in a restaurant, and the food can be higher in fat and sugar
  • eating larger portions than you need – you may be encouraged to eat too much if your friends or relatives are also eating large portions
  • comfort eating – if you feel depressed or have low self-esteem, you may comfort eat to make yourself feel better

 

Unhealthy eating habits tend to run in families, as you learn bad eating habits from your parents.

 

Childhood obesity can be a strong indicator of weight-related health problems in later life, showing that learned unhealthy lifestyle choices continue into adulthood.

Lack of physical activities

Lack of physical activity is another important factor related to obesity. Many people have jobs that involve sitting at a desk most of the day. They also rely on their cars rather than walking or cycling.

 

When people relax, they tend to watch TV, browse the internet or play computer games, and rarely take regular exercise.

 

If you are not active enough, you do not use the energy provided by the food you eat and the extra calories are stored as fat instead.

 

The Department of Health recommends adults do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week.

 

However, if you are obese and trying to lose weight, you may need to do more exercise – in some cases, up to 300 minutes (five hours) may be recommended.

 

Read more about the physical activity guidelines for adults

Genetics

Some people claim there is no point in losing weight because “it runs in my family” or “it’s in my genes”.

 

While there are some rare genetic conditions that can cause obesity, such as Prader-Willi syndrome, there is no reason why most people cannot lose weight.

 

It may be true that certain genetic traits inherited from your parents – such as taking longer to burn up calories (having a slow metabolism) or having a large appetite – can make losing weight more difficult, but it certainly does not make it impossible.

 

Many cases where obesity runs in families may be due to environmental factors, such as poor eating habits learned during childhood.

 

Taken from NHS website: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Obesity/Pages/Causes.aspx

Non-contact Obesity

Non-Contact Boxing will provide a platform for youth to utilise their free time in a constructive manner. Non-Contact Boxing will facilitate the exertion of energy in a positive way. Youth who partake in Non-contact boxing will learn valuable skills that can be implement in their educational, working and family/community environment.

 

Youth will learn discipline, focus, build confidence, commitment, respect and be able to relieve stress in a harmless, controlled activity.

 

All of these skills and lessons can be implemented in their lives; thereby making a more positive impact in their communities.  Moreover, non-contact boxing is a great workout for the heart, lungs, body and mind.

BME Youth in Tower Hamlets face exclusion and do not enjoy the opportunities to utilise their free time.  They often experience feelings of frustration and pent up energy. As a result of this, some young people begin engaging in anti-social behaviour and petty crime.

Aims

  • Improvement of the physical health and wellbeing of youth
  • Engaging with youth who would otherwise be involved in anti-social behaviors or criminal activities due to lack of activity and boredom.
  • Teach discipline and respect, which is transferred to how they would communicate with their local community, other youths and also in the education setting; showing respect and maintaining discipline towards teachers.
  • Use non-contact boxing as a means to offer help and support in other areas such as education, employment or training.

Sessions

Fridays 7:30pm – 9:00pm

 

If you are interested in joining, you can simply turn up to one of our sessions or you can pop in to our office, Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm and complete a registration form.

Football

The Rooted Forum has been providing Football opportunities since August 2011. We initially brought together a local team which completed its debut season in the Inner London Football League.

 

Since then, we have focused on engaging with the future generation of local footballers. Our project aims to engage with young people through football and providing youth access into more structured football sessions as opposed to a casual ‘kick-about’.
We currently have an under 18′s team that takes part in regular football training sessions and local tournaments.

 

Our project aims to provide

  • Coaching within the community
  • Coaching from FA qualified coaches
  • Development for a Youth Team
  • Referrals to further training and qualifications by capturing young people through football