Bumper Edition Healthy Lives Newsletter - Friday 17 July

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Welcome to our end of term bumper edition with lots of fun and healthy recipes, activities, entertainment and ways to look after your mental and emotional health and wellbeing!

Please put on to your school website so parents are able to access this over the summer holidays.

The Healthy Lives Team supports schools, pupils and families with everything to do with health and wellbeing. We want to help you to live fitter, healthier and happier lives.

We are incredibly proud in Tower Hamlets to have supported schools to gain more Healthy Schools awards than any other borough in London. So please use this newsletter in whatever way suits you best to stay as fit and healthy as possible.

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Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Here's a selection of fun activities for you and your family...


(STAFF) - MIND mental health awareness training for physical activity leads

MIND mental health awareness training for physical activity and sport is free until 31 August. The training looks at building people’s resilience, self-esteem and confidence, adapting sessions to make them more inclusive, enabling and supporting mental health recovery, and tackling stigma and discrimination.

   Free training >

Healthy snacks

(FAMILY) - Quick and easy snack ideas with Change4Life

Spending more time at home can provide more opportunities to eat a greater number of unhealthy snacks. Change4Life have lots of great ideas for DIY snacks, which are often healthier and cheaper alternatives to the packaged ones. They can also be a fun activity to make together.

Healthy snack ideas >


(FAMILY) - Free guided meditations for life

Wellmind Health are offering their Meditainment course of 20 guided meditations for free, helping you to feel less stressed, sleep better and feel calmer. Register before September 2020 for free lifetime access.

Unique, highly accessible and engaging, the guided meditation journeys promote better health and wellbeing in an exciting and interesting way. It’s meditation that takes you places!

Register here >

Royal Albert Hall

(FAMILY) - Discover a World of Music

The Royal Albert Hall is still closed but they are doing everything they can to share their venue and their wonderful music with the world. Their Education and Outreach team have curated a range of activities everyone in the family can enjoy.

You can meet the orchestra; join storytime and dance and sing-a-long; download colouring sheets; build your own puppet theatre and discover music and maths.

Discover music >

Digital Mental Health

(ADULTS) - Digital mental wellbeing support for Londoners

Good Thinking provides digital mental wellbeing support for London. This includes free NHS-approved apps to help you deal with stress, anxiety, low mood and poor sleep. They are regularly adding new resources so keep checking back to see what’s new.

Find out more >

Match of the Day

(FAMILY) - Match of the Day Kickabout

Head over to CBBC for this football fitness and skills series, which can be carried out either at home or out in the garden. The football home circuit is aimed at helping you to keep your fitness up, skills sharp and body active.

Get active >


(FAMILY) - How to make a suncatcher

Newsround has teamed up with sisters and Youtubers, Ruby and Raylee, to teach us how to make colourful stained glass suncatchers! Simple to make and beautiful, they are a great way to brighten your home.

Make a suncatcher >

Every Mind Matters

(ADULTS) - Every Mind Matters

Developed by Public Health England and the NHS, Every Mind Matters offers clear expert advice, practical tips and actions to take care of your mental health and wellbeing.

Advice includes how to fall asleep faster and sleep better, tips to tackle working from home, what to do if you’re feeling lonely and much more.

Every Mind Matters >

Star Wars

(FAMILY) - Storytime videos with Star Wars

Three Star Wars characters are here to read you short books from a galaxy far, far away!

Three Star Wars books will be read by Daisy Ridley who plays ‘Rey’, Chewbacca himself, Joonas Suotamo and Anthony Daniels, the actor behind C-3PO since 1977.

Anthony Daniels >  Daisy Ridley > Joonas Suotamo >


(FAMILY) - Back to nature activity cards

The Royal Horticultural Society has collaborated with HRH The Duchess of Cambridge to create a set of activity cards aimed at inspiring children to engage with nature and to get them into gardening. This includes tin can herbs, a fairy garden, welly and toy planters and a bug hotel!

Back to nature >

Open learning

(ADULTS) - Free OpenLearn courses from the Open University

The Open University has nearly 1000 free courses across 8 different subject areas, which are available to start straight away.

Subjects include, health, sports & psychology; education and development; history and the arts; languages; nature and environment and science, maths and technology.

Start learning here >

Healthy meals

(FAMILY) - Quick and easy family meals

Are you stuck for ideas of what to cook for dinner each evening? Change4Life have compiled 30 flexible dinner ideas with step-by-step instructions. With healthier versions of fish and chips, curry and foods such as chilli and jacket potato, there is plenty of inspiration to suit your budget and schedule.

Healthy recipes >

National Theatre live

(ADULTS & FAMILY) - Enjoy free theatre with the National Theatre live

Every Thursday, enjoy a new full-length play for free from the National Theatre. Be sure to check each week what the production is as sometimes it might even be appropriate for the whole family!

National Theatre live >


(FAMILY) - Visit the Louvre in Paris

Visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries and contemplate the façades of the Louvre. Take a virtual tour and enjoy the view, there are lots of works of art to choose from!

Take a virtual tour >

And remember...

George Bernard-Shaw

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The Healthy Lives Team want to support you with all aspects of health and wellbeing. We will be sending you regular newsletters that will be relevant whether you are at home with your children, working from home or at school. 

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Coronavirus updates and advice

The council is supporting the nation's efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus, while running our most critical services and supporting our residents, including those that are vulnerable.  

We are regularly publishing advice for residents, local businesses and more at www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/coronavirus 

We are also sharing updates with our subscribers in regular emails, and publishing stories on social media using #TowerHamletsTogether.

Sign up to our 'health and wellbeing - coronavirus' newsletter to get regular updates delivered to your inbox.

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