Healthy Eating & Exercise

Youthwatch Darlington have gathered information to help us think about healthy eating and exercise. As restrictions begin to ease and the warmer weather arrives - we think it's a great time to think about positive ways to look after our wellbeing.
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Healthy Eating 

Nutritional information, recipes, tips and ideas to help inspire you at home. 

British Nutrition Foundation

Reliable news and healthy lifestyle tips to help families. 

Healthy Living

Bite Back 2030

Bite Back 2030 is here for young people who want to know the truth about how the food system is designed; how we can redesign it to put young people’s health first. 

For proactive young people who want to learn more visit their website. 

Bite Back 2030

NHS Change 4 Life 

Change4Life aims to ensure parents and  young people (who want to learn) have the essential support and tools they need to make healthier choices for their families.

Modern life can mean we are a lot busier, less active, and more reliant on convenience and fast food than we used to be.

But that's where Change4Life comes in, helping families with fun ideas to help kids stay healthy, whether with easy recipes for busy weeknights, great sugar swaps, Disney-inspired games to get kids moving or help in understanding food labels.

Change 4 Life

Healthy Start NHS 

If you’re pregnant or have children under the age of 4 you can get free vouchers or payments every 4 weeks to spend on:

  • cow’s milk
  • fresh, frozen or tinned fruit and vegetables
  • infant formula milk
  • fresh, dried, and tinned pulses

You can also get free Healthy Start vitamins.

Healthy Start

Healthy Eating For Teens

As a teenager, your body is going through many physical changes – changes that need to be supported by a healthy, balanced diet. Find out more about how to eat well.

Teen Information 


Henry provides a wide range of support for families from pregnancy to age 12 including workshops, programmes, resources and online help.

Healthy Recipes



Activities, tips and ideas for getting active indoors (at home) or outdoors.

This Girl Can

This Girl Can is all about celebrating women getting active, no matter how they like to do it.  Partnering with Disney and real families across England, they have captured some of the ways mums and kids get moving to the songs they love.  You can learn their moves or put your own spin on their routines.  At the end of the day, it’s about breaking a sweat while having a bit of fun.

This Girl Can

Disney Workouts

Disney themed workouts offer a fun way to exercise whilst at home and you can find lots of inspiration on YouTube.

That Disney Girl 

Kya Pro 

Harry Potter Yoga

For those small wizards and witches at home - these 'Harry Potter' inspired yoga workouts might be perfect for your Hogwarts enthusiasts. 

The Wand Shop 

Diagon Alley

The Sorting Hat 

The Body Coach (aka Joe Wicks)

Joe Wicks has been a much loved part of many family homes during this last year. You can still get active with the Body Coach videos any time. 

Kid Workouts  

Get Kids Moving 

Why not try out 'Avenger' themed workouts - perfect for superhero fans. 

Captain America

Couch to 5k

Couch to 5K is a running plan for absolute beginners. It was developed by a new runner, Josh Clark, who wanted to help his 50-something mum get off the couch and start running, too. The plan involves 3 runs a week, with a day of rest in between, and a different schedule for each of the 9 weeks.

Couch to 5K

NHS - Tips for under 18 year olds

How much physical activity should children and young people aged 5 to 18 do to keep healthy?

Under 18 Tips

Change 4 Life

Indoors and outdoor activity tips for children & families. Including downloadable apps and other resources. 

Activities for Kids

Let's Go Tees Valley 

Local walking routes, maps and ideas for any families who love to spend time outdoors. 




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