Healthy Lives - Fun with gardening, physical activity, cooking and sketching!

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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.

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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...


Gardening benefits to the mind, body and soul

The Royal Horticultural Society outline their top tips for harnessing the power of gardening to improve your mental health and wellbeing. This includes tips on how to start growing; the benefits of learning a new skill and ideas to visit gardens. You could even join a community gardening project, where you will make friends and transform the world you live in at the same time!

Gardening benefits >


Top tips for field sketching nature

Darwin's Rival, a children's book by Christiane Dorion, is all about Alfred Russel Wallace, Charles Darwin's rival. He spent years taking accurate drawings of the natural world around him. Even though we can now take instant photographs, field sketching really helps us to slow down and really see all the nature around us.

Now you can learn to field sketch by following along with the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF's) Learn to Love Nature Live event, where they teach observers how to make their own field sketch.

Nature sketch-a-long >

Move Crew

Move Crew

Nike Move Crew is a programme designed alongside the expertise of teachers, physical activity specialists, elite athletes, children and coaches. Each mission aims to help children unlock their 60 minutes of daily recommended activity. There are also lots of resources including family-friendly activities and fun movement games and challenges. You can join in using #nikemovecrew.

   Workout with the Move Crew >

Tofu stir-fry

Tofu recipe ideas

Tofu is a great alternative to meat and an easy way to add variety to vegetarian meals. These delicious BBC recipes featured on the BBC Food website range from a tofu & peanut vegan stir-fry, tofu Thai green curry and spicy tofu fajitas.

Get cooking >

And remember...


“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”

Henri Matisse

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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.  

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

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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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