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Helping families ‘get active’ in North Tyneside

Wednesday, 13 April, 2016
Helping families ‘get active’ in North Tyneside

Families in North Tyneside wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle are being encouraged to sign up to a fun, free programme starting next month.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust delivers ‘Healthy4life’ programmes in partnership with North Tyneside Council across the borough.

The Healthy4life team consists of a dietician, physical activity coordinator and public health nurses and support parents, children and young people who are concerned about their weight to become more active and eat more healthily.

The courses, which run after school, are a stimulating and fun way of helping families engage with healthy lifestyle changes. Two courses are starting in Killingworth in May.

Audra Proud from New York, recently took part in a 10-week course with her 10-year-old granddaughter Katie-Leigh. She says the programme has transformed her family’s diet, they feel healthier and she would encourage other families to benefit from the help available.

Mrs Proud said: “I saw it advertised and thought it would help us to fix some of the bad eating habits we got into and get healthy.

“Knowing what’s in food makes you question if you really want it and learning about portion size was very useful. Everyone was so friendly and staff provided practical advice on healthy alternatives.

“They also let us choose what we could do to stay active and try things out. We did badminton and the gym and we now play regularly. Katie-Leigh can’t wait to turn 11 so she can start the gym.”

Katie-Leigh added: “It was really fun, we did lots of games and I learnt a lot. I didn’t realise how fun doing exercise can be. It gets a 10 out of 10 from me.”

Mrs Proud added: “They weren’t massive changes but they made a big difference. I feel fitter and healthier too and we do more things to stay active as a family now. Seeing the difference in Katie-Leigh encourages us all to keep it up”

The Healthy4Life team is running two 10-week courses at the Lakeside Centre, Killingworth. The weekly sessions run from 4pm to 5.30pm from Tuesday 10 May for children aged between four and seven years, and from 4.15pm to 6.15pm from Wednesday 11 May for children aged eight years and above.

The team also runs Good Youth Move (GYM) a free 10-week gym or exercise programme for young people aged 14-17 years old.

Anne Errington, public health nurse at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The course is a great way for parents and their children to learn about healthy eating and being active together and, above all, it is a lot of fun.

“We also offer follow-ups after six months and a year of completing the course to help people to stay motivated and keep up the good work.

“We would encourage people in the area to get in touch with the team to find out more.”

To attend these courses, families should contact the Healthy4Life team on 0191 643 7454 or email