Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Take a side order of realism

The Easter holidays are well and truly over, so it’s time to wave the kids off into school and wave good bye to the Easter eggs.

Nestle Easter eggs: Eleven million have been produced by the Nestle factory at Halifax for Easter 2017

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Who to follow for a fitness fix

Now that the Easter bunny has been, and we’ve all consumed way too much chocolate (although I like to tell myself that calories consumed at Easter don’t count), it’s time to burn off all of those Easter eggs and get active again!

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Richard Wilson

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Loving the city’s Culture buzz

I’m loving the buzz in the city right now and all of the coverage around the UK City of Culture Bid 2021 is getting both in mainstream media and on social too. With this in mind and the fact that the sun is finally shining, I’m in a super positive mood and loving our wonderful city even more than usual.

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Joe Wicks, centre, cooking with students.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Child obesity is a big problem

I was ecstatic at the end of last week when Public Health England revealed it’s plans to challenge businesses, who sell foods such as biscuits, chocolate bars and cereals, to reduce their sugar content by 20% by 2020.

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Colin Burgin-Plews

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Get your trainers on for charity

One of my favourite things in life is running, and I am currently in full training mode for the Sunderland 10k.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Make social media work for you

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Make social media work for you

It’s been a busy one on the social media front this week, as I’ve been out and about delivering my social media workshop to businesses in the region.

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Richard Wilson

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: Richard aiming for five in five

This week I met up with a someone I’ve known for sometime, fellow fitness lover, Richard Wilson.

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Fiona Simpson

KATIE BULMER-COOKE: No question of me taking part

Sunderland is gearing up for an exciting event, as Question Time is set to be filmed in the city.

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Sir Peter Vardy

KATIE BULMER-COOKE: Don’t be afraid to ask for help

This past week has been a week filled with education, as I’ve delivered courses and took part in a course myself too.

Does anyone sell healthy takeaways?

KATIE BULMER-COOKE: Where are the healthy options?

This week, I’m kicking off the column this week with a bold statement...I’m not surprised that we are one of the fattest cities in the UK. There I said it. I used the F word...and I used it in relation to our city.

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Valentine's Day can be a boom time for jewellers.

KATIE BULMER-COOKE: Valentine’s marketing dream

I’m going to kick off this week’s column by wishing everyone who reads it and comments online (even the not so nice ones), a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Launch of Sunderland's City of Culture Bid 2021 at Ryhope Engine Museum.

KATIE BULMER-COOKE: Get behind Sunderland’s bid to be City of Culture 2021

This last week saw Sunderland’s bid to become City of Culture 2021 build more momentum with a visit to Parliament.

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Katie Bulmer-Cooke

KATIE BULMER-COOKE: The ‘rotten’ people who raided my pop-up shop stock

If you read my column regularly you’ll probably have got the vibe that I’m a pretty positive person. I like to find the silver lining in the darkest cloud and always try to see the best in everyone, even my delightful trolls on the Sunderland Echo website.

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KATIE BULMER-COOKE: Leave the PJs for the bedroom

KATIE BULMER-COOKE: Leave the PJs for the bedroom

This week has been an unusual one...I think we may have a city-wide problem, as I’ve spotted way too many people out in public in their pyjamas.

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Amber Rose Cliff.

KATIE BULMER-COOKE: Support the Amber petition

I couldn’t write this week’s column without giving a special mention to the beautiful Amber Rose Cliff, who sadly passed away last week after battling cervical cancer.

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Dodgeball is great fun

KATIE BULMER-COOKE: Dodgeball is great fun to play

Everyone is right back in the swing of work and exercising again now that we are well into January. As much as I love the holidays, I’m a huge fan of structure and routine, so as you can imagine I’m enjoying being back to work.

Walking is a great way of keeping fit and staying healthy.

KATIE BULMER-COOKE: My hopes for 2017 – be happy, healthy and positive

Happy New Year everyone. I love the buzz of this time of year, and just thinking about all the opportunities 2017 has in store is dead exciting.

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Katie with fellow Fit in the Kitchen presented Joe Sexton.

KATIE BULMER-COOKE: Big changes ahead for 2017

So the big day has been and gone, and I hope everyone had a brilliant Christmas. Now it’s that dodgy time between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, that mostly involves eating Ferrero Rocher in my pyjamas, not getting ready until dinner time, having long dog walks down the beach and doing twice the number of workouts I normally do to help limit the Ferrero Rocher related damage.

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Christmas shopping at The Bridges Sunderland.

KATIE BULMERE-COOKE: Get ready now to gain advantage

I’m almost at festive breaking point, in a good way of course. I’m beyond excited for Christmas, more so than ever this year. I think being in The Bridges most days helps, with the decorations, Christmas music on loop and everyone dashing around buying Christmas presents and with rolls of wrapping paper hanging out of their shopping bags.

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Katie with Denise Wilson

KATIE BULMER-COOKE: Denise crowned with award

Last week saw the annual Springboard GEM (Going the Extra Mile) Awards take place at The Roker Hotel, and I was asked to present the awards for the second year in a row.

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