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Helping families ‘get active’ in Northumberland

Thursday, 14 April, 2016
Helping families ‘get active’ in Northumberland

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

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s ‘Get Active Northumberland’ (GAN) programme is running two nine-week courses in Cramlington and Prudhoe beginning in May, to encourage parents and children between the ages of five and 13 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.

Louise Ray, health improvement practitioner specialist 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 would encourage people in the area to get in touch with the team to find out more.”

The GAN programme – one of Northumbria Healthcare’s community health services – supports parents, children and young people who are concerned about their weight to make positive changes to their lifestyles.

The weekly sessions run from 4.15pm to 5.45pm every Tuesday from 10 May, at Eastlea Primary School, Cramlington, and every Thursday from 12 May at Highfield Middle School, Prudhoe, excluding half term.

There are also summer holiday programmes running in Berwick and Blyth.  The sessions in Berwick will be held from Monday 25 July to Friday 29 July at St Andrew Wallace Green Church and in Blyth the sessions will run from Monday 8 August to Friday 12 August at the Briardale Centre. Both run from 10am and 12pm.

To attend the courses, families should contact the GAN team on 01670 784 183 or in advance.

Pictured are Sarah Anderson from Ashington, who took part in a previous GAN programme with her son Aden