Healthy weight and physical activity
Healthy eating plays an important role in our health and wellbeing. Ensuring we have a balanced diet can improve outcomes for a range of health issues including decreasing your likelihood of cardiovascular disease and improving mental wellbeing.
There is a range of advice on healthy eating and physical activity on the NHS Live Well website.
Physical activity is an essential building block for living a healthy life. Physical activity can improve mental wellbeing, reduce stress, increase fitness and be a great way to meet new people. With growing rates of obesity across all ages it is more important than ever to increase the number of people who are physically active. Please see the recommended physical activity guidelines for children and adults on the NHS Live Well website.
There is a wide variety of physical activity opportunities for all groups and ages across the whole of the Borough:
The Hub offers free information and advice on all aspects of cycling and walking with regular guided rides and walks, and training courses on cycle maintenance and on road cycling
Sporting Chance delivers a broad range of free activities for older men including football sessions, circuit training, healthy cooking classes, aquasize, Nordic walking, weight management classes and reminiscence sessions.
Tees Active is one of our partners and provides sport, leisure and wellbeing services to communities. This includes leisure centres and swimming pools, the Tees Barrage International White Water Centre and the Air Trail.
Visit the NHS Better Health website for tools, tips and special offers to help you move more everyday.
Weight management course
We have 2 free weight management courses for people aged 16 and over+ with a BMI of 25 or over:
- Lite4Life is a free 12-week group weight management programme that aims to promote a healthy diet and exercise to support people to achieve a healthy weight with advice and education sessions.
- Energise is a free 12-week group weight management programme that aims to promote a healthy diet and exercise to support people to achieve a healthy weight and includes 30 minute exercise sessions.