Healthy eating and being active

Discover how small changes to your diet and activity levels can make a big difference to your health. Also, take advantage of free organised health walks in Northumberland to stay fit and socialise.

Healthy eating

Healthy eating can support your weight management journey. Our top tips can help you take steps in the right direction.

  • Cut back on fatty and sugary foods.  
  • Reduce portion sizes.  
  • Eat regularly at set times throughout the day - including breakfast.  
  • Swap unhealthy snacks for fruit or vegetables.  
  • Reward children with your time or an outdoor activity rather than with food.  
  • Visit the Better Health website for advice on healthy eating on a budget.      

Being active 

Find out how to be more active for your wellbeing. 

  • Be more active in daily life - walk or cycle short journeys, especially to school or work. It will save you money too. Visit the Go Smarter Northumberland site for more information.  
  • It's not just about being active but also reducing the time you spend sitting still. Set yourself a TV time limit at home, and at your desk try to stand up and walk around every hour.  
  • There are many walks around Northumberland. Read more on Shepherds Walks and Visit Northumberland.  
  • If cycling is more your thing, you can find more information by visiting our cycling page.  
  • Northumberland Sport have information on what's happening in Northumberland to help you stay healthy and an activity finder to search for your nearest place to get active.  

Organised Health Walks 

Our organised walks are a great way to get fit and meet new people. All walks are free of charge and are led by professional Health Trainers. 

Open to adults in Northumberland, the walks take place from:  

  • Seaton Park Medical Group, Norham Road, Ashington, NE63 0NG - Meets every Monday at 1pm  
  • Haltwhistle Swimming & Leisure Centre, Greencroft, Haltwhistle, NE49 9DP - Meets every Tuesday at 10.30 am  
  • Bedlington Library, Glebe Road, Bedlington, NE22 6JX - Meets every Thursday at 10am  
For further information, or if you would like to contact the Health Trainers with questions about the walks: 

Places Leisure Wellbeing Walks 

Find out more about the weekly wellbeing walks delivered across Northumberland by our partner Places Leisure.