Healthy Lives Families Update - 12th March 2021

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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.

Self care

The concept of self-care

For children to develop self-care they need adults who value their own self-care and can support children to take care and to begin to look after themselves. By noticing, validating and using language to name and describe feelings to children, they can begin to regulate and then to make choices to calm their bodies down or to energise themselves. Children need to hear it’s ok to put ourselves first, it’s ok to have a range of different feelings and to be able to ask for help.

How to help your children with self-care >


Household testing

With about a third of individuals with coronavirus showing no symptoms and potentially spreading it without knowing, targeted, regular testing will mean more positive cases within households are found and prevented from entering schools and colleges, helping to keep educational settings safe.

Household testing 

Anyone who lives with, or is in a bubble with, school staff and pupils will now be encouraged to test themselves twice weekly. 

Government guidance on this announcement says that households can access tests at the following locations: 

  • At existing local authority rapid test sites  
  • Collection points (currently at local test centres) - you can collect two packs of seven tests at a time to test yourself at home 
  • Through a new home ordering service (though people are being encouraged to collect tests whenever possible in order to avoid putting too much pressure on the delivery service) 
  • Through an employer, if offered 

Government guidance >

Existing local authority rapid test sites >

Collection points >

  Home ordering service >

Video introduction to Rapid Lateral Flow testing >

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Don’t miss the Annual Parents’ Conference from 16 to 18 March

The annual Tower Hamlets’ parents conference is now open for registration. Registration is free and the event will be delivered online across three-days during the morning, afternoon and evening, to fit in around busy family lives.

Topics covered will include mental health, parenting, education, financial wellbeing, and much more; plus daily special education needs and disabilities (SEND) question and answer session.

Timings vary, with each day themed as follows:

  • Tuesday 16 March: Back to school and building resilient learners
  • Wednesday 17 March: Building resilient and healthy families
  • Thursday 18 March: Building resilient communities and a strong parents voice

For more information and to register visit the Local Offer.

Local offer >


Moment of crisis

We all have difficult moments from time to time, here's a short meditation to help you step away from digital distractions and get through to the other side. This too will pass.

If you also feel you need to hit pause you can play a moment of reflection, or perhaps if you just need a little chill try a moment of relaxation.

Find a little space to care for your mind, wherever you are, and whenever you like.

 Find out more here >

And remember...

Mother theresa

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."

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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Subscribing to this newsletter

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If you or anyone you know would like to sign up to this newsletter, please use the following link. 

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Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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