Helping people to live healthier lives

Healthworks Community Project Officer Amy McKenna and Co-ordinator Fiona Maher receive their award from the University of Sunderland's Professor John MacIntyre.
Healthworks Community Project Officer Amy McKenna and Co-ordinator Fiona Maher receive their award from the University of Sunderland's Professor John MacIntyre.
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A HEALTH centre is fighting fit after changing the lives of hundreds of people.

Healthworks, in Easington Colliery, won two awards at the Centre of Excellence for Life Sciences (CELS) Business for Life Awards this month.

The awards recognise achievements of the North East’s healthcare industry.

Healthworks beat competition from dozens of other organisations to win the Primary Care Award, sponsored by the University of Sunderland, and Partnerships with the NHS award, sponsored by Newcastle University.

The healthy living centre provides health and community information services and activities to promote and support positive health and well-being.

Fiona Maher, Healthworks’ Co-ordinator said: “We are delighted to receive this recognition. Healthworks is a true partnership project with over 60 partners involved providing services and activities to improve health, well-being and quality of life for our community. I would like to acknowledge their part in achieving these awards.”

Eve Richardson, University of Sunderland corporate development manager, said: “We are delighted the vital work Healthworks does in the community has been recognised in this way.”

Dr Mike Nicholds, managing director of CELS, said: “I am delighted that in the first year of this new award category we received so many excellent entries.

“The winner, Healthworks, excelled in all the judging criteria and exhibited the spirit underpinning the award.”

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