Free health programme for families

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

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s ‘Get Active Northumberland’ (GAN) programme is running two ten-week courses in Choppington and Blyth to encourage parents and children between the ages of five and 13 to become more active and healthy.

The programmes involve fun physical activities and learning about healthy eating.

The sessions started this week and run on Tuesdays at Choppington First School until July 15 from 4pm to 6pm.

In Blyth they start on Monday, May 12, and are held every Monday at Briardale Community Centre until July 14 from 4pm to 6pm.

To attend either of the courses, families should call (01670) 784194 or email

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 Choppington and Blyth to get in touch with the team to find out more.”

GAN supports parents, children and young people to make positive changes to their lifestyles.