Health project throws down the gauntlet to mark anniversary

Celebrating the fifth birthday of Healthworks, Easington Colliery.'David Rollins, centre, with Healthworks Coordinator Fiona  Maher, right, and fellow staff members.
Celebrating the fifth birthday of Healthworks, Easington Colliery.'David Rollins, centre, with Healthworks Coordinator Fiona Maher, right, and fellow staff members.
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A CENTRE has set a challenge to mark each year of its work as it reaches its fifth birthday.

Healthworks in Paradise Lane, Easington Colliery, reached the milestone this week and has asked its staff and volunteers to take on the tasks to help make their lives healthier and give the venue a boost.

They have been asked to eat five fruit or vegetables a day, sign up to birthday activities, post a picture of themselves when they were five, pledge a commitment from a list drawn up by its bosses to increase their wellbeing and either get five friends and family involved in the centre, or encourage five people to sign up to its Facebook group.

Everyone who completes all five will be given a bag packed with fruit or vegetables.

The party started on Monday with a cake, which was dished out to visitors and workers.

The centre runs more than 70 health and community activities including a juice bar, gym sessions, IT suite, a group for people who have suffered a stroke, stop smoking services, running club, courses, youth groups and art classes.

During the last year it has welcomed 27,500 visitors and registered 2,918 new members.

Co-ordinator Fiona Maher said: “A lot has happened in the last five years.

“We’ve now got five times more staff, five times the number of services and volunteers and we’re twice as big.”

Healthworks is a partnership project led by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, NHS County Durham and Darlington, Northumbrian Water and Durham County Council.

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