Taking regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight is essential to good mental and physical health.

It helps to:

  • Reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce the risk of stroke
  • Prevent osteoporosis
  • Prevent weight gain
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improve your energy levels
  • Make you feel happier

We offer plenty of support to help you stay active and maintain a healthy weight such as the programmes below:

Get Active Northumberland (GAN) programme



The Get Active Northumberland (GAN) programme supports parents, children and young people who are concerned about their weight. This free programme offers information and advice from NHS health professionals through a range of fun activities. It offers a range of specific programmes across Northumberland for parents with children under 5, families with children aged 7-13 and teenagers.

To find out more about programmes in your area please contact the GAN team on 01670 784183 or email them at gan@nhct.nhs.uk.

Healthy 4 Life 

Healthy 4 Life is a free family healthy lifestyle programme to help children and families in North Tyneside make positive lifestyle changes to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

It offers a fun, friendly service for children aged five years to 17 years, running free 10-week healthy lifestyle programmes at local schools, leisure centres and swimming pools, providing personalised, specific advice for children and families.

For further information, contact the Children’s Health and Activity Team (CHAT) on 0191 643 7454 or email them at CHAT@northtyneside.gov.uk.

Lighten Up adult weight management programme

The Lighten Up programme in North Tyneside aims to help you lose weight and achieve a healthy lifestyle by looking at what you eat, how active you are and what you can change to make a difference. This is a free 12 week programme which includes:

  • Introduction to weight management groups held at your local leisure or community centre
  • Group activities led by a dietician and a psychologist to look at what you eat and how you can make different choices
  • The opportunity to join a structured exercise session
  • Links to physical activity opportunities in your local community

You can be referred onto the service by a health professional such as your GP or  nurse if your body mass index is 35 or above and you are above 18 years of age. You will initially have a one-to-one assessment with a health trainer who will discuss in detail with you what you want to achieve and plan your next steps. Following this you will be offered a place on the Lighten Up programme. For more information please talk to your practice nurse or contact our Healthy Hearts team on 0191 293 4184. 

Staying active over 60

As we get older, maintaining an active lifestyle is really important for both physical and mental good health. Take a look at this short NHS video for some fun ideas on how to keep moving.

Resources for organisations

You can also order free leaflets and posters to promote staying active in your school or organisation. Please note this service is only available to organisations in Northumberland and North Tyneside.