Families getting fit in Sunderland

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FAMILIES are throwing themselves into the fun of getting fit.

The national Change4Life campaign has been taken on board throughout Wearside, with dozens of activities going on to help people change their lives through better diet, exercise and community involvement.

Change4Life Week kicked off at Sunderland's Thompson Park with a range of activities to promote healthier life-styles. Two-year-old Finbar Dalzell pictured attempting a hoola-hoop workout with his dad, Adrian Dalzell and Steve Jackson from the Foundation of Light.

Change4Life Week kicked off at Sunderland's Thompson Park with a range of activities to promote healthier life-styles. Two-year-old Finbar Dalzell pictured attempting a hoola-hoop workout with his dad, Adrian Dalzell and Steve Jackson from the Foundation of Light.

A public health project, Change4Life encourages more people to eat well, move more, and live longer, healthier lives.

All week, Sunderland City Council is holding a programme of events and activities to provide people with the advice, support and opportunities they need to help move them and their families toward making positive choices to improve their health and well-being.

And there is still plenty of time for families to go along to one of the events and join in with some free fun family activities including, family fitness and games, smoothie making, bike riding, football activities and family walks.

By taking part, families will also be entered in to a free prize draw with a chance to win match day tickets for a Sunderland game at the Stadium of Light, a family swim voucher or a family soft play voucher.

Councillor John Kelly, cabinet member for public health, wellness and culture, said: “We can’t expect people to change their lifestyles overnight, but we can give them the chance and encouragement to begin with some small changes which could begin to make a big difference.

“Taking part in some fun family activities might give both adults and the children the taste for getting more regularly involved in sport, exercise or some other leisure activities.

“Likewise learning more about how to cook healthy, nutritious and tasty meals might persuade more people to follow a more healthy, balanced diet.

“It’s all about helping people to change the way they think about their own health, and then begin to change and improve their lifestyles.”

The events, between noon and 4pm, will take place today in Barnes Park, tomorrow at The Millennium Centre, Washington, and on Friday in Hetton Lyons Country Park.

On Saturday, the fun events will be taking place all day in Sunderland city centre outside the railway station.