Healthy Lives - Holiday food support, Healthy Start vouchers, mindfulness and music!

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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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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 and helpful information for you and your family...

Holiday Hunger

Food support for families over the summer

To help support families over the summer with children up to 18 years of age who are in school, the council has set up a number of hubs distributing meals and activity packs. Food will change on a daily basis and there is no limit to how many days a child can access food. All meals are vegetarian and are a mixture of ready to eat hot food and prepared chilled meals that can go in the microwave or the oven. Parents will be asked to complete a short form with the child’s details and also a track and trace form.

We kindly request that adults collecting food wear a mask. Food can be collected from 12 until 2.30pm from the following sites:

- Gayton House, Chilltern road, E3 4BX - Monday to Friday

- Harford Street Multi-centre, near Ocean Estate E1 4FG - Monday to Friday

- Isle of Dog's Children's Centre, Stebondale Street E14 3BX - Monday, Wednesday and Friday

- Meath Gardens Children's Centre, 1 Smart Street E1 0SN - Monday to Friday

- Brady Arts and Community Centre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, London E1 5HU - Monday to Friday

- St. Mary's Church Cable Street, 68 Johnson St, London E1 0BQ - Monday to Friday

Find out more here >

Healthy Start

Healthy Start vouchers

Healthy Start vouchers help to give your children a great start in life and can be used to buy plain, fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables, milk and infant formula.

If you want to apply for Healthy Start vouchers or find out more about the scheme, you can call their helpline at the Healthy Start Issuing Unit on 0345 607 6823. Alternatively you can complete their online form.

Find out more >

DIY Zoo animals

DIY zoo animals  

If your children love going to the zoo, they will love this series of zoo animal, toilet roll crafts. Little hands can easily help stick on googly eyes, practice scissor skills and assemble these adorable zoo animals with you help.

Make your own >

Mindfulness ted talks

Mindfulness TED talks

Mindfulness is the state of mental calmness, often achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment and accepting any feelings, thoughts, and sensations which arise.

Regular practice enhances your overall health and reduces stress levels significantly. These videos delve into the science and joy of mindfulness, with several examples of how to begin or continue your practice.

   Listen here >

Union Chapel

The Union Chapel online programs

Whilst the venue is closed, the Union Chapel in Islington has been working hard to ensure that it can remain a place for amazing gigs, award-winning comedy, a place of community spirit and support for the most vulnerable.

Musical fun >

And remember...

Dr Seuss

“A person's a person, no matter how small.”

Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who!


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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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