Healthy Lives Families Update - Active travel film, local offer, air pollution and mental health

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Welcome to the FAMILIES newsletter from The Healthy Lives Team!

Each Friday we will be sharing relevant information, activities and resources to support your ongoing health and wellbeing. This will go out to all contacts.

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 now have a Healthy Lives Team webpage where you can find out more about the team and access Healthy Schools resources and all our archived newsletters. 

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...

Active travel

Active travel film

The Healthy Lives Team has put together a short film to encourage families to walk, cycle or scoot to school. There's never been a better time to get active on the school run by choosing to walk and cycle to school.

We would really encourage you to show this film in your school assemblies and share with your families.

Watch now >

Local offer

Tower Hamlets local offer

The Local Offer is an online resource that is available to everyone. The website outlines information and events on services for children, young people and families in Tower Hamlets in one central place.

There are factsheets and useful links available as well as inspirational videos made by Young People with SEND. We also have a dedicated COVID-19 page which is regularly updated with lots of information for families. You can look for information under these categories:

  • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
  • Childcare
  • Education
  • Leisure and Youth Services
  • Advice, Information and Support Services
  • Moving on Post 16
  • Health and Social Care

Local offer >


Asthma, air pollution and Covid-19

As we enter the winter months and a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has never been more crucial to ensure children’s asthma is well controlled so they can remain healthy.

It has been found that past and current air pollution exposure around the world is worsening the impact of COVID-19. Air pollution increases the risk of many pre-existing conditions that make COVID-19 more severe and deadly, including lung diseases, asthma, heart disease and cancer.

We are excited to be able to share new materials to support children with asthma to reduce their exposure to harmful air and better manage their condition. Developed by the CCG, LBTH public health team and Global Action Plan the materials have been co designed with local children, families and health professionals.

More information on how air pollution can affect your health, and how to reduce your exposure can be found at the website. 

More information >

Mental health

Strategies to look after mental health

Self-care is about the things we can do to look after our own mental health. Young people told the Anna Freud Centre that when they are struggling, they are usually told to see a professional. They reported that they don’t often get much advice about how they can help themselves. So the Anna Freud Centre drew up a list of strategies young people use to aid their mental health.

 Ways to support mental health >

And remember...


"A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth."

Charles Darwin

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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 school, work, or at home.

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