A CLUB is helping the next generation take a step in the right direction to healthy living.
Police launched the Fit Kidz sessions in Murton, teaming up with the village’s Glebe Centre to host the events for children from the village and Seaham.
With a cash boost from the Safe Durham Partnership and support from Nouveau Fitness and Tesco in Stockton Road, Seaham, the first activity to launch were free Zumba classes.
They have been followed by a cookery event, which has seen the group turn out dishes including lasagne, jacket potatoes, fruit smoothies and curry.
Police Community Support Officer Martin Nicholson, who has run the scheme with PCSO Aimee Guest, said: “The classes were an instant hit and as many as 18 girls from the area attended the classes.
“The second programme was started after the great success of the Zumba programme which was all about youths learning to cook healthy.
“The youths learned to cook in a healthy environment and are currently working towards a hygiene certificate.”
The Bodyshop at Dalton Park has donated prizes for the children involved and also helped them carry out makeovers.
The sessions are among a range of events being supported by Seaham Neighbourhood Policing Team as they work to cut youth crime and get to know younger members of their beat.
Fishing activities held through the Somet Fishy group has also been launched with the backing of Durham Agency Against Crime (DAAC) to educate, divert and help develop youngsters who could get involved in crime.
Classes have been held along the East Durham and Hendon coast.