What’s GAN on?

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A HEALTH based initiative in Northumberland has launched new year programmes to help families get fitter.

Get Active Northumberland (GAN), run by public health staff from Northumberland Care Trust, gives advice and support to families who want to lose weight as part of the national Change4Life campaign.

Its activities helps families to eat healthier foods, move more and lose weight and programmes in January will be available at Lynemouth and Coquet Children’s Centres.

Elaine Upson, Northumberland Care Trust public health nurse, said: “People of all ages who attend GAN have been supported by trained, non-judgmental staff in a fun and relaxed environment to make lifestyle changes.

“This has resulted in a marked improvement in not only their future physical health as they become more active and choose healthy food, but also in their confidence.”

Sandra Freeman recently attended the GAN family fun programme at Cramlington East Children’s Centre.

She said: “I wanted to lose weight but I couldn’t get motivated.

“It took me about four weeks but then something inside me just clicked. There was a lot of support available.”

For more information and to obtain a place on the GAN family fun programme for parents with children under five, contact James Garrity, Health Improvement Practitioner, on 01670 394416.

To find out more information about programmes for kids aged seven to 13 or teenagers, contact Elaine Upson on 01670 394516.

For both programmes, you can email gan@northumberlandcaretrust.nhs.uk