Healthy Lives Families Update - Election of new Young Mayor, Healthy Start digital update, leisure services consultation, fitness in 5 and Every Mind Matters (NHS) videos for KS4!

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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.

Young Mayor

Tower Hamlets elects new Young Mayor

During a week-long election, from 11-17 October, young people across Tower Hamlets were able to vote for their new young mayor and deputies.  For the next two years, the young mayor will aim to provide a youth voice in local decision-making, ensuring young people’s concerns are understood and acted upon.

Sixteen-year-old Tahmid Hussen, who went to Bow school and currently attends St Paul’s Way Sixth Form, secured 1,558 (8.8%) of the total votes cast. Tahmid said in his manifesto that he would help young people in Tower Hamlets to become the “best versions of themselves”. He added that he will address “relationships and recipes to success, career paths and social media and mental health” during his tenure.

Further information can be found here >

Healthy Start

Healthy Start vouchers are going digital

If you are more than ten weeks pregnant or have a child under four, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk.

Visit to learn more and apply.

If you are already receiving Healthy Start vouchers, the way you receive this will soon change from paper voucher to prepaid card. You should have been contacted about this change already by letter or leaflet within your voucher pack.

Whether you are applying for the first time, or currently receiving paper vouchers, you must go online now to apply for your prepaid card.

If your application is successful, you will typically receive your prepaid card within seven working days of your application.

Read the FAQs or more details.

Click here to apply now >

Leisure consultation

Have your say on options for leisure services in Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets Council want to hear what you think about leisure services in the borough and how they could provide services through a new leisure contract starting in 2024. 

The consultation is now live and it will close to responses on Monday 3 January 2022. To learn more and make yourself heard click the consultation link below.

Access the consultation here >

Jennie's Fitness in 5

Jennie’s Fitness in 5 - BBC

Jennie’s Fitness in 5 is a 10-episode comedy exercise series with Jennie Dale, available on BBC iPlayer. Covering activities such as skipping, indoor swimming, yoga, aerobics, and strength, this hilarious series is designed to get younger children (and the whole family!) moving, laughing, and having fun in just 5 minutes. Let the fun begin!

Click here to access the shows >

Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters (NHS) - mental health and self-care for young people

The NHS has created a mental health and self-care webpage for young people (KS4), hosting a series of engaging videos on a range of topics, which include:

  • Self-care and social media
  • Dealing with Change
  • How to deal with unhelpful thoughts
  • Refocusing and reframing
  • How to sleep better
  • The benefits of exercise on mental health

Website videos here >

And remember...

Little Women

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship”.

Louisa May Alcott, Little Women


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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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