Healthy Lives Families Update - Covid-19 testing, survey for children and young people,

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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.


Tower Hamlets has one of the lowest Covid-19 testing rates in London and we need your help to change it.

Testing finds Covid-19 cases and stops further spread, because people can self-isolate when they know they are positive. This protects everyone.

In recent weeks, a small number of Covid-19 variants of concern have been identified in Tower Hamlets. These variants of concern were first identified in Brazil and South Africa. These variants of concern are not more harmful but may be more easily spread or respond to current vaccines differently.

This is why everyone aged 11 and over who lives, works or learns in Tower Hamlets should take a free Covid-19 test, even if you have no symptoms. We have increased testing sites and collection points across the borough.

For more information on how you can get a test, please click on the link below. 

Or call our helpline 020 7364 3030, open 9-5 Monday to Friday. Translators are available.

Click here >

big ask

The Big Ask: The largest ever survey of children and young people in England

The Big Ask is a survey for children and young people aged 4–17 in England. They’ve split the survey into different age groups, so children and young people can fill in a version appropriate for their age. There is also a survey for those aged 18+, care leavers, parents, or if you work with children. 

Fill in survey >


Help more children to be active

Active Recovery Hub have launched a free online resource aimed at schools and families and hosts hundreds of ideas to get children moving. The resources will help more children reach their target of taking part in 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

Find out more >



Advice and guidance for parents and carers in conflict or separating

All parents and carers sometimes argue with one another, but sometimes, conflict between parents or carers can increase to a level that is not healthy for the family. This can happen for lots of reasons. The clinical team at the Anna Freud Centre has put together some tips for parents and carers experiencing conflict, and advice on reducing the impact of conflict between parents and carers on children.

Find out more here >

And remember...


"The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do."

Kobe Bryant

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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.

Please feel free to share this email.

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

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 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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