Healthy Lives Families Update - Premier League Kicks Sessions for LBTH SEND pupils, The Outdoor Gym Activation Programme, discussion on the health priorities of young people, Time Together campaign – Women in Sport, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Selective Eating and a guide to applying for Healthy Start!

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The Healthy Lives Team Families update contains helpful information and activities for your whole school community


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.

Free Premier League Kicks Sessions

Free Premier League Kicks Sessions for SEND pupils in Tower Hamlets

There is an opportunity for young residents with SEND to access free physical activity sessions with Premier League Kicks sessions at Mile End Stadium. These sessions are delivered in partnership with West Ham United Foundation and their skilled specialist coaches offer a great way for young people to get exercise, let off steam and meet friends in a safe environment.

Sessions take place at Mile End Stadium on Saturdays from 1pm-2pm, 8–18-year-olds

Email the organiser directly before attending:

TGO Activation Programme

The Outdoor Gym Activation Programme - Championing an active community in Tower Hamlets

Do you want to do more physical activity but don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you love getting active and feel you could help others too? Then help us in our mission to get Tower Hamlets moving!

The Great Outdoors Activate (TGO Activate) is partnering with LBTH’s Public Health Team to help Tower Hamlets' residents and workers become more active and make strides towards the Borough’s long term health objectives.  The Outdoor Gym Activation Programme is providing activities, classes, movement advice and digital support at all 16 outdoor gyms in parks across the borough. Please help us spread the word by getting people to sign up. 

Please also email them directly on if you would like to become an activator, and take on an important role in helping people on the gyms to keep moving.

Find out more and register here >

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Invitation to a discussion on the health priorities of young people - Queen Mary University of London and Social Action for Health

Queen Mary University of London and Social Action for Health are inviting you to join a FREE conversation on ‘The Future of Community Health’ taking place on Monday 14th November, 4-6pm, in the Octagon on the Queen Mary Mile End campus.

Young adults will be sharing their thoughts and priorities for health in East London, exploring how we build trust in our communities, the health priorities of young people and representation of diverse voices in research. 

You will hear from young people on their perspectives, with opportunities for networking and discussion on what happens next.

All are welcome to attend, and the event will be attended by community leaders, organisations and charities, East London stakeholders, academics and local residents.

To find out more and to register, please visit Eventbrite >

Time together Campaign

Time together campaign – Women in Sport

The charity Women in Sport want daughters and mums to discover a new way of spending time together, by being active! This year’s #TimeTogether focuses on the theme of belonging. The campaign wants mums and daughters or aunties and nieces to find adventure, experience joy, find freedom and feel strong, by discovering new sporting and physical activities to do together.

For more information visit their website >

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Autism Spectrum Disorder and Selective Eating

Selective eating behaviours are more common and can last much longer for children with Autism Spectrum Conditions, when compared to their peers. Extreme Fussy eating in autistic children can lead to them eating a limited range of foods, with some food groups where they eat nothing at all. This can make it harder to take in all the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.

Common causes for eating difficulties linked with autism include sensory sensitivities to different textures, desire for sameness and routine, environmental distractions and reduced social motivation to eat. Working out the cause of the eating problem will mean that the child gets the support they need with their food and diet.

Linked below you can read more about Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), the diagnosis and treatment of the condition. The National Autistic Society has released a guide for autistic people with restrictive diets, which is linked below too.

Read about Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) >

National Autistic Society guide for autistic people with restrictive diets >

Healthy Start

A guide to applying for Healthy Start

Healthy start helps families claiming certain benefits to buy healthy food and milk from the 10th week of pregnancy until the child’s 4th birthday. If you are under 18 and pregnant, you are automatically eligible, regardless of your benefit status.

You are sent a Healthy Start card with money on it that you can use in supermarkets and other grocery stores to buy healthy food, milk or first infant formula. The card is topped up every 4 weeks.

Vitamins – Local offer

In Tower Hamlets, all children under the age of 4 and all pregnant and breastfeeding women and up to 1 year post-natal are eligible for free Healthy Start vitamins. These can be collected from all Children and Family Centres. You must bring your Heathy Start card if you have one or when you get one. Use your location to find your nearest centre.

You can apply for Healthy Start Card:

Online by visiting the NHS Healthy Start website if you are

  • On Universal Credit and Household’s monthly ‘take home pay’ is £408 from employment
  • Receiving Child Tax Credit and household annual income is less than £16190
  • Receiving Child Tax Credit and child(ren) under the age of 4


Over the phone by calling 0300 330 7010 or by emailing if you are

  • Pregnant and under 18 (not on benefits)
  • Receiving Child Tax Credit and child(ren) over the age of 4
  • Receiving Income Related Employment & Support Allowance
  • Receiving Income-based Jobseeker’s allowance
  • Receiving Pension Credit (including Child Addition)
  • Receiving Working Tax Credit run-on

Find out more here > 

Speak to your local Children Family Centre >

Watch a really helpful video guide here >  

And remember...

After the rain

"After the rain, the sun will reappear. There is life. After the pain, the joy will still be here".

Walt Disney

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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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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.

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