The research and evaluation from our BIG lottery funded project which finished at the end of 2011 has now been analysed and the results are fantastic, confirming that Fit 4 Fun made a real difference to people's lives across Carmarthenshire.One of 14 projects running throughout Wales, the aim of Fit 4 Fun was to raise the awareness of the importance of healthy eating and physical activity amongst children aged 0-11 years old and their families, whilst at the same time encouraging them to make a long term behaviour change in terms of taking part in exercise and eating healthier.
These aims would be achieved through staging a variety of healthy living activities within school and community settings within the targeted wards of Glanymor, Tyisha, Llwynhendy,Bigyn, Felinfoel and Bynea in Llanelli and Carmarthen Town North and West. These activities were carried out by professional providers and included, Healthy Cooking, Gardening, Skateboarding, Street Dance, Yoga, Zumba, Circus Skills, Tatty Bumpkin Yoga, and a variety of Team Sports.The majority of the events ran over a set number of sessions (usually weekly for 6-8 weeks) and data was collected both before the first session and after the last session. The results were as follows:
- Number of events held – 119
- Number of individual sessions held within these events – 840
- Number of individuals attending the events/sessions – 3381
- 62% of participants showed an increase in their nutritional awareness levels
- 59% of participants showed an increase in their physical activity awareness levels
- 51% of participants improved their daily intake of fruit and vegetables
- 52% of participants improved their physical activity levels
- 53% of participants showed an improvement in their attitude towards healthy eating
- 57% of participants showed an improvement in their attitude towards exercise
It must be noted that the vast majority of participants that did not show an improvement, did in fact maintain their levels of awareness, behaviour and attitude (which was generally very high). This was due to many external factors, such as a high standard of education (within schools and home life), government awareness raising campaigns and so on.
Large festivals and events were also staged over the course of the 3 years in order to help raise the awareness of the project and its associated aims and objectives. At these events we engaged with a further 19,000 people.