Families wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle are being encouraged to sign up to a fun, free programme.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust delivers Healthy4life programmes in partnership with North Tyneside Council.
The Healthy4life team consists of a dietician, physical activity coordinator and public health nurses to support parents, children and young people concerned about their weight to become more active and eat more healthily.
Two courses, run after school, are starting in Killingworth in May.
Audra Proud, from New York, took part in a ten-week course with her ten-year-old granddaughter Katie-Leigh.
Mrs Proud said: “I saw it advertised and thought it would help us to fix some of the bad eating habits we got into and get healthy.
“Knowing what’s in food makes you question if you really want it and learning about portion size was very useful.
“They also let us choose what we could do to stay active and try things out. We did badminton and the gym and we now play regularly. Katie-Leigh can’t wait to turn 11 so she can start the gym.”
Katie-Leigh added: “It was really fun, we did lots of games and I learnt a lot. I didn’t realise how fun doing exercise can be.”
The team is running two courses at the Lakeside Centre, Killingworth, from 4pm to 5.30pm from Tuesday, May 10, for children aged between four and seven, and from 4.15pm to 6.15pm from May 11, for children aged eight and above.
The team also runs Good Youth Move (GYM) a free 10-week gym or exercise programme for young people aged 14-17 years old.
Mrs Proud added: “They weren’t massive changes but they made a big difference. I feel fitter and healthier too and we do more things to stay active as a family now. Seeing the difference in Katie-Leigh encourages us all to keep it up.”
Anne Errington, public health nurse at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation 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 also offer follow-ups after six months and a year of completing the course to help people to stay motivated and keep up the good work.
“We would encourage people in the area to get in touch with the team to find out more.”
To attend these courses, families should contact the Healthy4Life team on (0191) 643 7454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org