Families take to their bikes for health course

Participants on the course with NHS instructors and representatives from WATBike.
Participants on the course with NHS instructors and representatives from WATBike.

Families have been given a helping hand to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s ‘Get Active Northumberland’ programme ran a week-long course in Ashington to encourage parents and children to be more active and eat more healthily.

The programme, for children aged five to 13 and their parents, involved fun physical activities such as cycling and learning about healthy eating.

Helen Prytherch, health improvement manager at the trust, said: “The week has been a great success and it was fantastic to see the children and their parents taking part.

“They also really enjoyed the cooking sessions and having a go at making healthy meals and snacks while learning about the importance of eating fruit and vegetables and having appropriate portion sizes.

“We hope that the children and adults now take what they’ve learnt home and lead a healthier lifestyle.”

The cycling was run in partnership with community cycling group WATBike.

Colin Hall, cycling and training officer at WATBike, said: “We were pleased to be part of the programme and help spread the word that cycling is a great fun activity that can be enjoyed by all members of the community.”

Marie Kelly, from Ashington, who took part in the course with her daughter Jessica, eight, said: “It’s really opened our eyes to the fat and sugar content of foods and portion sizes and as a result we’ll be making changes to our everyday lives.”

Programmes are planned for Cramlington for the autumn. For more information contact (01670) 784183 or email gan@northumbria.nhs.uk