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Healthy weight and physical activity

We are supporting families to maintain a healthy weight during childhood and beyond. There are lots of resources to help children and families maintain a healthy weight.

Modern life can make it easy to eat and drink more than we should and move around less than we should, which often results in weight gain. To lose weight we need to swap current bad habits to better ones. This means eating less and getting more active.

Choose diet and physical activity changes that you can make part of your daily routine, and stick to it for life.

Physical activity

Increasing physical activity is one of the most effective ways to improve your health and wellbeing. 

A wealth of evidence shows that an active life is essential for good physical and mental health and wellbeing.

In South Tyneside we have a wealth of assets and opportunities that can enable us to integrate physical activity into our daily lives. From our fantastic leisure facilities, award winning parks and generous coastline to the vast array of opportunities available within our communities there is something for everyone.

Even small increases in physical activity among those who are the least active can bring great health benefits. 

Leisure facilities

We have invested heavily in our local leisure facilities over the last few years.

A range of leisure memberships are available to suit individual needs, including discounted memberships and corporate memberships.

The leisure memberships give access to all 6 facilities which between them provide:

  • gym sessions
  • exercise classes 
  • swimming sessions
  • other sporting opportunities

Find out more about Leisure memberships and  Leisure facilities.

Sports activities 

For more information about sports activities for kids, including gymnastics, tennis and football, see  Children's sports activities.

The Green Gym

The Green Gym concept encourages people to improve both their physical and mental health through participation in practical and conservation or horticultural activities and is suitable for people of all levels and abilities.

The Green Gym sessions offer a range of activities including:

  • environmental management in parks
  • formal park gardening
  • nature reserve conservation

The sessions are friendly and informal and are designed to cater for all abilities and individual needs. The sessions provide an excellent way to keep active.

The Green Gym is ideal for anyone new to exercise, or those with existing medical conditions that would benefit from support to begin to increase their physical activity.

For full details including how to self-refer to the programme, session times and contact details see  Green Gym Prospectus3.15Mb


Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. It's underrated as a form of exercise, but walking is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active. Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.

If you feel you could use additional support there are a number of organised group walks available throughout South Tyneside. For days and times as well as how to access them, see  Health walk timetable664.23Kb


South Tyneside offers cyclists a comprehensive network of routes, ranging from strategic routes such as the Coastal Cycle way between Sunderland and South Shields, to off-road leisure routes along the river corridors such as the River Don at Primrose.

Inner urban routes and routes on re-used mineral lines form part of the National Cycle Network (NCN) and the Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Route also has a finish line in South Shields.

For further info on South Tyneside Cycle Routes go to Visit South Tyneside: Cycling.

Parks and green space

Parks and green spaces provide a perfect environment for getting out and being active. Whether it be on your own, as a family or with friends everyone can enjoy the health benefits that come from accessing parks and green spaces.

Research shows that increasing your exposure to green space delays the onset of health problems in later life. Utilising green space has also been shown to reduce levels of obesity in children and young people.

In South Tyneside we are fortunate to have some outstanding award winning parks. The South and North Marine Parks take prominence at the sea front and have a range of facilities and activities that take place. You will also find a number of parks within local neighbourhoods and communities.

Find your local park.

Coastal trails

Whether participating or watching, the coast and countryside of South Tyneside provide a perfect backdrop for all kinds of activities. The South Tyneside Coastal Trails allows you to discover local history and stunning coastal views either by foot or cycle.

There are three trails available to participate in, 3km, 5km and 10km. The trails are great to do as a family activity and contain a number of points of interest. 

Find out more about South Tyneside Coastal Trails.

Active travel

We all rely on cars and public transport, because they make our lives so easy. But making active travel choices can be an easy way to fit activity into your day. It can take a little longer and you may not be able to do it for all your journeys, but you may be surprised where you can swap the car or public transport for two legs or two wheels.

For most people, the easiest and most acceptable forms of physical activity are those that can be built into everyday life. Examples include walking or cycling instead of travelling by car, and using stairs instead of lifts. 'Active travel' means walking or cycling as an alternative to motorised transport (notably cars, motorbikes/mopeds etc) for the purpose of making everyday journeys.

For some useful tips and advice on incorporating active travel into your day go to  Change4Life: Activities.

Community organisations

We are fortunate to have a strong network of community and voluntary sector organisations in South Tyneside. Many of these organisations offer physical activity opportunities.

You can find out about these opportunities using the Wellbeing Info website. 

Search what activities are on in your area at What's on or  Wellbeing Info: Things to do.

Healthy eating

Eating a healthy balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health and can help you look and feel your best. And it's easier than you think!

The key to a healthy diet is:

  • Balance the amount of calories you eat with the amount you use being physically active.
  • Eat a wide range of foods to ensure your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs

For more advice and information on applying these tips see  NHS Live Well.

Be Food Smart app 

Download the Change4Life Be Food Smart app to see how much sugar, saturated fat and salt is really inside your food and drink.

Find out more at  Change4Life: Be Food Smart.

Healthy cafes

See a list of healthy cafes.

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  • Town Hall and Civic Offices
    Westoe Road
    South Shields
    United Kingdom
    NE33 2RL

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