Healthy Lives Families Update - TH Free anxiety sessions for parents, health access survey, dance fun and top tips for anxiety

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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 mental health sessions for Tower Hamlets' school staff and parents

Tower Hamlets Council are continuing to deliver mental health and wellbeing sessions for parents and school staff as part of our Wellbeing for Education programme. The programme aims to support mental wellbeing and resilience and aid mental health recovery for school staff, pupils, parents and carers’, in light of the impact of Covid-19 and lockdown.

To book a place on any of the sessions, please email with the name of the session(s) you would like to attend, your name, role, organisation (if applicable) and contact details.

Please note places are limited and will be booked on a first come first served basis.


Let’s play! The importance of play across the age range

Wednesday 3rd March - 2 – 3pm - (parents only)

Play! What is it good for?! Well, lots of things actually! Parents, join us for a short webinar followed by a Q&A. We will explore ways to bring playfulness back into your life during lockdown, and explore why it’s so important.


Supporting home learning during lockdown and beyond

Monday 1st March - 11am - 12pm - (parents only) - SECONDARY

Monday 8th March - 2pm - 3pm - (parents only) - PRIMARY

A short webinar for parents, followed by a Q&A session. We will explore the current challenges of home learning, what children and young people are gaining, what they are missing, and share some practical strategies for how to support them at home.


Supporting children who are anxious to return to school

Wednesday 10th March - 2 - 3pm - (parents and school staff)

A session for parents and school staff who support children who are expressing worries about returning to school post-lockdown.


New for City of London, Newham and Tower Hamlets

The City Wellness Link Group (CWLG) is doing an eight-month review of digital health services in the City of London, Newham and Tower Hamlets. This will check if people find connecting with health and well-being easy and if it extends the working life of people over 50.

The CWLG includes Fujitsu, European Knowledge Tree Group (EKTG), Docobo, Z/Yen, Barts Health NHS Trust, East London NHS Foundation Trust, and Morrison’s, working with the Community including Employers and Employees in your Group.

If you would like to take part in this exciting scheme, please respond to Maggie Ellis at by Friday 5th March 2021.

Find out more >


Royal Academy of Dance

The Royal Academy of Dance want to brighten your day by sharing with you how movement and dance keep you active and support you in keeping a positive mental attitude. There are lots of free activities including:

  • Silver Swans ballet designed to get the older generation dancing
  • Step It Up will help you stay fit and have fun to a range of different dance styles

Get dancing >


Five top tips to tackle anxiety

When facing things you are really worried about your brain can think that you are in danger and stress hormones are sent around the body which can make your heart race and breathing speed up.

Here are a range of top tips that can help you feel better right away:

  1. Stand up straight - Standing up straight opens up your lungs so that you can breathe more freely and deeply
  2. Exercise - When you exercise your body releases endorphins, which help to improve your mood
  3. Mindfulness - Being mindful means putting aside your worries and concentrating in the moment you are in
  4. Food - What we eat effects how we feel
  5. Nature - Getting outside can benefit your mood and can lower stress hormones in our bodies

Top tips for anxiety > 

And remember...


"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."

Mother Teresa

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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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