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Helping families in Northumberland ‘get active’

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
Helping families in Northumberland ‘get active’

Families in south east 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 10-week courses to encourage parents and children between the ages of five and 13 to become more active and eat more healthily.

The programme involves fun physical activities and learning about healthy eating.

The sessions start on 6 May in Choppington and run on Tuesdays at Choppington First School until 15 July from 4pm to 6pm.

In Blyth they start on May 12 and run on Mondays at Briardale Community Centre until 14 July from 4pm to 6pm.

To attend these courses, families must contact the GAN team on 01670 784 194 or gan@northumbria.nhs.uk in advance.

Louise Ray, health improvement practitioner specialist at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The courses are a great way for parents and their children to learn about healthy eating and being active together and above all, they are a lot of fun.

“We would encourage people in these areas 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.


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