This Interreg VA Channel project runs from September 2019 to February 2023 and will give obese/overweight and/or unemployed people the tools they need to make healthier lifestyle choices and improve their employability. Fourteen organisations from across Southern England and Northern France are working in the EU co-funded project ASPIRE (Adding to Social capital and individual Potential In disadvantaged REgions). The project will encourage a “grow your own, eat your own, sell your own” ethos inspiring a new model, co-created using partner expertise in both fields. The model will be implemented at seven sites.
Obesity across the FCE (France Channel England) area is a significant concern; high levels of obesity coincide with high rates of unemployment across the zone. A Gallup poll shows that the longer a person is unemployed, the higher the rates of obesity, with rates reaching up to 32.7% after a year or more of unemployment.
ASPIRE has received more than €7 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). ASPIRE is part of the Interreg VA Channel programme and will run from September 2019 to February 2023. The project has a total budget of over €10million and involves partners from the UK and France.
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