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Helping families in south east Northumberland ‘get active’

Tuesday, 09 September, 2014
Helping families in south east 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 nine-week courses in Cramlington and Newbiggin 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 Monday 22 September in Cramlington and run every Monday at Hillcrest School until 24 November.

They start on Tuesday 23 September in Newbiggin and run every Tuesday at Grace Darling Campus (The Northumberland C of E Academy) until 25 November.

Both sessions run from 4.15pm to 5.45pm however are not on during half-term on Monday and Tuesday 27 and 28 October.

To attend these courses, families must contact the GAN team on 01670 784 194 or 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.