Being active and eating well (Change4Life)
Change4Life is a nationwide movement which aims to help us all, but especially our kids, eat well, move more and live longer.
These days, 'modern life' can mean that many of us are much less active, with increased use of the car to do our shopping, the introduction of sophisticated computer games for the children and a vast array of TV channels to watch. Add to this less active lifestyle, the huge increase in convenience foods and the number of fast food outlets on our doorstep and it is not surprising that we don't move about as much, or eat as well as we should.
To improve the health of our community the goal is to help every family in County Durham eat well, move more and live longer. Many national, regional and local partners - health care professionals, teachers, charities, government agencies, the media, big businesses and community organisations - are helping to build Change4Life into a movement.
Change4Life for your kids
Nine out of ten of our kids today could grow up with dangerous amounts of fat in their bodies. This can cause life-threatening diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Change4Life for you
By the time we reach middle age, the majority of us could do with losing at least a bit of weight. Being overweight isn't just about the way we look. It can lead to more aches and pains, problems sleeping and people report a loss of energy and confidence. It also increases our chances of getting heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. But it doesn't have to be this way...
Join NHS Change4Life for loads of tips and help to make changes for a healthier future
Community health and physical activities
Find out about physical activity opportunities, lifestyle advice and education in County Durham on our community health and physical activities page.