CITY youngsters have been having fun in the sun – in a bid to change their lives.
The national Change for Life public health campaign launched this week to encourage more people to eat well, move more, and live longer, healthier lives.
A host of events are taking place throughout the city giving families the chance to get involved in free fun and games – as well as picking up essential tips and advice.
Councillor John Kelly, portfolio holder for public health, wellness and culture with Sunderland City Council, Councillor John Kelly, 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.
“The ‘Change for Life’ events are taking place across the community to help parents and carers to find out more about how they can improve their family’s health and well-being. It is also a chance for everyone to take part in some fun family activities which will hopefully give both adults and the children a taste for getting more regularly involved in sport, exercise or 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.” More sessions will be held at FoxLeigh Field, in Sulgrave, Washington, today and at Herrington Country Park, Sunderland tomorrow. Activities include sport taster sessions, penalty shoot-outs and a football agility course. Niall’s Mile walks will be held from 1pm with children invited to dress up as their favourite characters.