Janice and daughter Bethany, 7, attended the Healthy4Life programme towards the end of 2021.

With the first programme of 2022 starting in mid-January, we thought it would be helpful to find out what they thought for any families in North Tyneside who may be interested in how the programme can help them make healthier choices this year.

What do you enjoy about Healthy4Life?

Bethany: I enjoy doing exercise, like dodgeball, and learning about new foods.

How have the sessions made you feel?

Bethany: I feel better about myself and feel healthier. I’m starting to remember which foods are healthy and which are unhealthy.

What have you learnt on the programme so far?

Bethany: We did a lesson about sugar and I learnt how many sugar cubes are in different foods and drinks.

Janice: I am able to use the knowledge from the Helathy4Life sessions and take it home to share with the rest of our family.

In 3 words sum up Healthy4Life:

Both:

  • Fun
  • Active
  • Educational

Healthy4Life is a free healthy lifestyle programme to help children and families make positive lifestyle changes to maintain a healthy weight.

Running after school, families will attend once a week, for 10 weeks. The programme teaches about things like food labels, salt, and sugar, as well as leading sport and activity sessions. There’s also family-friendly healthy recipe ideas and the opportunity to try some healthy snacks.

Dates, times and locations:

  • Families with children aged 4-7: Tuesday, The Lakeside Centre, 4pm-5.30pm (from 18 January)
  • Families with children aged 8-13: Wednesday, The Parks Sports Centre, 4.15pm-6.30pm (from 19 January)

If you are concerned about your child’s weight, if you want to refer another family who may benefit from the programme, or would like to know more, contact the Healthy4Life team on 0191 643 7454 or by emailing CHAT@northtyneside.gov.uk