FAMILIES are being urged to join in a week of activities and change their lives for the better.
The national Change4Life campaign has been launched in Sunderland.
Events will run at various locations next week to show families the benefits of better diets, exercise and community involvement.
The campaign, which encourages people to “eat well, move more, and live longer, healthier lives,” has been taken on board by Sunderland City Council, which has organised the activities to provide advice, support and opportunities.
There will be free family fun, including fitness and games, smoothie-making, bike-riding, football and family walks.
Families who take part will be entered into a free draw, with a chance to win prizes such as a pair of match-day tickets at the Stadium of Light.
Councillor John Kelly, cabinet member for public health and wellness, 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.”
Events will be taking place from noon to 4pm on Monday in Thompson Park; Tuesday in Mowbray Park; Wednesday in Barnes Park; Thursday at The Millennium Centre, Washington; Friday in Hetton Lyons Country Park; and all day on Saturday in Sunderland city centre outside the railway station.