Healthy Lives Families Update - TH help for parents, mindfulness, the alphabet game and some exercise!

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Welcome back to The Healthy Lives Team's update in 2021!


This is the FAMILIES newsletter from The Healthy Lives Team. Each Friday we share relevant information, activities and resources to support your ongoing health and wellbeing.

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.

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


Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies offer free webinars for parents

Since the recent announcement of schools being closed, it has meant a lot of sudden changes for parents which can have an impact on mental wellbeing.  Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies is offering two free webinars to support parents.

Managing my child during lockdown - 19th of January at 4pm

This webinar aims to look at common difficulties a parent may face when having their child at home while schools are closed and strategies to manage.

Managing my self care as a parent during lockdown - 2nd of February at 4pm

Self care can be commonly forgotten as a parent so this webinar aims to act as a refresher and reminder of the importance of self care and how to ensure parents make time for themselves.


Please note, both webinars are only available to parents who have a registered address and/or registered GP in the Tower Hamlets. The deadline to register is 24 hours prior to the day and time of the webinar.

Register here >


Mindfulness in Schools sit together

When the UK first went into lockdown last year, the Mindfulness in School Project (MiSP) launched a series of free daily online mindfulness practice sessions called Sit Together’. It was heartwarming and inspirational to see so many people join via Zoom, many bringing families too.

At the beginning of another national lockdown, MiSP are pleased to confirm they are launching their third ‘Sit Together’ series, starting Monday 11th January and then every weekday at 11am, to provide support, connection and community for all.

Each 20 minute session is suitable for complete beginners, providing an accessible ‘taster’ for those who are new to mindfulness, as well as an opportunity to practice for those who have more experience of mindfulness.

Find out more >


The Alphabet game is a great way to get children talking

With children using a lot of electronic devices, it is important for them to take regular screen breaks. This simple game is an effective way to get your children talking.

Begin a conversation on a topic such as ‘school’, then challenge the children to go through the alphabet and think of a word that starts with each letter. For example A: algebra, B: basketball, C: clock, D: desk, and so on.

You can then use any of the answers to spark further discussions, by asking open-ended questions about that word.

Have fun >

Pure gym

Pure Gym free instructor led classes

Pure Gym have made their app free. After registering you will have access to over 400 free on demand workouts; ranging from legs, kettlebells, outdoor workouts, cardio and a martial arts inspired calorie burner! The app also includes strength, vinyasa and power.

 Get exercising >

And remember...


“Those are dark clouds,” said the boy. “Yes, but they will move on,” said the horse, “the blue sky above never leaves.”

"The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse", Charlie Mackesy

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The Healthy Lives Team

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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Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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