Healthy Lives - NHS Test and Trace survey and lots of fun physical activities!

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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.

If you're in a school, please share this newsletter using your social media or website using the following share button, or you can click the hyperlink in the top right corner of this email:

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Just to let you know, you're receiving this because you have either opted in to get emails from the council relating to children and education, or you are one of the Healthy Lives team's regular contacts, or you may also have been forwarded this email from your school.

If you know anyone who would like to sign up to this newsletter, please send them the following link. They will need to close the initial pop-up subscription box and complete the one on the main webpage.  They will then need to choose Children and Education as their preferred topic:

Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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

Test and trace

Let’s talk NHS Test and Trace

NHS Test and Trace is a national programme which ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of Covid-19 can be tested quickly. It also helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 and notifies them so that they can stay at home and help stop the spread of the virus.

We know that not all of our residents will be as familiar with the programme as others. To help us understand how effective it will be in Tower Hamlets, we’ve designed a new survey to gauge:

  • understanding of the symptoms of Covid-19
  • awareness of NHS Test and Trace
  • ability to self-isolate, along with any support residents may need to self-isolate
  • any barriers our residents may face in engaging with the programme.

The findings will help us generate insights about the effectiveness of NHS Test and Trace locally, which we can use to support residents to engage with the programme.

The survey is simple and easy to complete and should take around 10 minutes.

NHS Test and Trace survey >

Team GB

Workout Wednesday with Team GB

Are you ready to workout with Team GB? Team GB are the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Olympic Team, so they are experts in their field, and a perfect partner to help keep you in shape. The majority of the videos do not require any equipment and last between two and 20 minutes. The back catalogue of videos are free to access too.

 Team GB >

Couch to 5k

Couch to 5K challenge

The BBC Sport and Public Health England’s One You Couch to 5K smartphone app has been designed to get beginners running confidently in just nine weeks. The app progressively builds on previous efforts and time, which will help to inspire participants as to what they can achieve.

With motivational narrators such as 13-time Olympic and World Champion gold medallist Michael Johnson and Radio DJ Jo Whiley, there are a lot of reasons to get running.

   Couch to 5k >

BBC activities

Get inspired with the BBC Activity Guide

Are you looking for inspiring activities to do? The BBC have produced a comprehensive guide of activities ranging from swimming, cricket, athletics, gymnastics, climbing, martial arts and many more.

Each sport covered includes interviews with stars from those sports, volunteering and coaching opportunities and information about local sports clubs near you.

Fun activities here >

British Academy Games Awards

British Academy Games Awards

This is a virtual edition of the 2020 British Academy Games Awards, where they celebrate the very best in games. The event took place in April and was the first BAFTA show in history to be a live-streamed online only ceremony. Categories include best animation, best British game and the game of the year, voted for by the public.

Award show >

And remember...

Anna Foster

“I’m tired, red faced and sweaty, but I’m really proud.”

Anna Foster, Radio 5 Live presenter, after completing week one of the Couch to 5K challenge

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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 

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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Stay at home

More on staying healthy, happy and entertained at home

In addition to the highlights featured here, the council has put together a whole host of resources to help families and individuals stay happy, healthy and entertained while they spend more time at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

From online Idea Store materials to educational activities, learning a new skill or hobby, taking a virtual museum or zoo tour, keeping fit or just having pure fun, we've got it all in one place.

More activities and resources >

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