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BLOG: Keeping Active And Healthy This Summer

Meet Charlotte Dodson, our Health and Wellbeing Project Manager.  Charlotte will be blogging regularly about staying healthy and keeping active.  If you have any topics you would like Charlotte to cover in future blogs then please email her on the details at the bottom of the page. 

“Hello and welcome to my first blog! Before joining the Foundation I spent 16 years as a personal trainer, helping people stay healthy and achieve their goals. I love the great outdoors, especially long walks with my dog, on evenings and weekends. I also swim and do Pilates on a regular basis. Like most people I enjoy watching sport too – football (of course!) and tennis are real favourites.

“I’m really fortunate that my work is my passion and I hope that some fun tips I’ll be sharing with you will encourage you to try some new things!

“A key focus of my role at the Foundation is to encourage the local community to lead active and healthy lifestyles. There is a huge amount of health and wellbeing advice out there and it can be hard to know what pointers to follow, this blog will aim to identify trusted health and wellbeing sources as well as providing top tips for keeping active and healthy.

“So many families want to be fitter and healthier but making that first step is often the most difficult. Being more active has many benefits and can be great fun too so it’s definitely worth making the effort!”

Top Tips

  • If you can get the whole family involved then you will push each other to keep going – especially if it’s something the children love doing!
  • Encouraging children to lead a healthy lifestyle from an early age is important – the sooner the start the more open to it they will be.
  • If kids are getting bored this summer try some outdoor games.  Ask your children to show you games they play at school and get involved if you’re stuck for ideas!
  • Don’t use the British weather as an excuse …Remember how fun it was to splash in puddles when you were younger…skin is waterproof, so go on…jump in!
  • Keep an eye out for Foundation activities in your area such as Walking Football, Health Walks and Soccer Schools – follow us on Twitter @NU_Foundation or ‘Like’ Newcastle United Foundation on Facebook to be kept up to date with all our various projects.

Website Recommendation

This is a great website for suggestions on staying active….

Summer Holiday Health – The British Heart Foundation has offered some great advice for staying healthy this summer – read more here 

Healthy Treats

Healthy treats give you plenty of energy to stay active and help your family get their five a day. This Mango and Banana Smoothie is a cheap, healthy alternative to a soft drink – and it’s easy to make!

Recipe (for four smoothies)

1.5 mugs of milk

1 – 2 small cartons Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla (if you don’t like yoghurt use extra milk, but this will make a thinner smoothie)

1 ½ mugs of ice cubes

1 banana

1 mango, about 1 cup chopped

Optional 1 teaspoon honey (if you need a sweeter option)

(You can also add oats to this for a great breakfast smoothie)


Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Pour out into 4 glasses and enjoy.  Told you it was easy!

If you have any topics you would like us to cover in our Health and Wellbeing blogs please email your suggestions to Charlotte Dodson (

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