Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Project to Help Families Shape Up; Health Reporter HELEN RAE Takes a Look at a New North East Scheme Helping Youngsters Get Fit and Active

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Project to Help Families Shape Up; Health Reporter HELEN RAE Takes a Look at a New North East Scheme Helping Youngsters Get Fit and Active

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Byline: HELEN RAE

FAMILIES in the region are set to benefit from Newcastle United Foundation's new Match Fit Families programme, which kicked off at a primary school.

The scheme will help families to improve their knowledge of nutrition and staying fit and healthy.

The scheme, funded as part of the NHS North of Tyne and Change4Life scheme in West Newcastle initiative will see 600 families benefit from a six-week after-school programme.

The Change4life West Newcastle initiative aims to promote healthy lifestyles and raise physical activity levels in the inner west area of Newcastle over the next two years.

Current evidence shows levels of obesity are above average in children living in the inner west of Newcastle when compared with the rest of the city. Dr Sue Gordon, executive director of public health for NHS North of Tyne, said: "I am delighted the Newcastle United Foundation is running Match Fit courses for families.

"Similar schemes have proved popular with schools in Newcastle and given children an added incentive to get fit and healthy like their footballer heroes.

"We know that being overweight or obese is a significant factor in ill-health and this is one of a number of initiatives taking place in the region to encourage children and their families to adopt healthy lifestyles by eating a healthy diet and taking plenty of exercise.

"Without help, overweight children will become obese adults and will be at increased risk of heart attacks, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke."

Match Fit Families will be delivered in the 14 primary schools in the inner west of area of Newcastle who are part of the change4life in west Newcastle campaign.

Each school will benefit from two Match Fit Families courses between now and August 2011.

The family scheme, delivered by Newcastle United Foundation''s coaches will use the Eat Well plate as a tool to teach families about the importance of a healthy diet. …

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