Helping to get children more active

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

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Get Active Northumberland (GAN) programme is running a nine-week course in Cramlington, beginning in May.

The aim is 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 the 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 May 10, at Eastlea Primary School, Cramlington, excluding half-term.

There are also summer holiday programmes running in Blyth, from Monday, August 8, to Friday, August 12, at the Briardale Centre from 10am and noon.

To attend the courses, families should contact the GAN team on (01670) 784183 or gan@northumbria.nhs.uk in advance.