Healthy Lives Families Update - Healthy Start voucher update, Anna Freud advice on speaking to teenagers about Ukraine, free children's choir for 7-11 year olds, NHS Food Scanner app and Mile End Park Run!

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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.

Healthy Start Vouchers update

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.  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. 

Apply now >  Read the FAQ's for more details >

How to speak to your teenager about the Ukraine conflict

How to talk to your teenager about the invasion of Ukraine – BBC Bitesize

Dr Sheila Redfern, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Anna Freud Centre has written an article for BBC Bitesize on how to speak to your teenager about the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Advice is written for parents as part of their BBC Bitesize Parents Toolkit, which provides ‘top tips, expert advice and fun activities to help support your child’s wellbeing and learning in a changing world…’ The advice on how to talk to your teenager about the conflict in Ukraine includes the following:

  • To reassure, but not to lie
  • Keep normal routines going
  • Maintain a sense of control
  • Establish or maintain a sense of stability
  • Managing your own feelings as an adult
  • Fact check and check back in with them

 Access the article here > Link to the Parents Toolkit >


Free children's choir at Cayley Primary School

Does your child enjoy singing?  A free children’s choir for 7-11 years olds who live or attend school in Tower Hamlets takes place on Mondays during term time, 4.30-5.30pm at Cayley Primary School, Ashton Street, E14 7NG.  Each session will include fun singing warm-ups, learning new songs, and working towards performances.  Once registered further instructions will be emailed to you.  You can also contact Alison Porter at 020 7364 0431 or

Apply here >

Food Scanner app nhs

Download the free NHS Food Scanner app

Have you ever wondered how much sugar is in your favourite pasta sauce or how much salt is in your pizza? This new NHS Food Scanner has been designed to bring food labels to life! With a quick scan of the packets barcode you quickly see if the item is a ‘good choice’, swipe to see the healthier options available and even view the sugar, salt, and fat content in a fun augmented reality feature.

 Download the app here >

Park Run

Park Run at Mile End Park

Did you know that Park Run takes place every Saturday at Mile End Park starting at 9am?   Park Run is a free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it's up to you!  This is a great opportunity to get your family moving.  Children under 11 must stay within an arm’s length of their parent or carer at all times during the run.  You must register on their website to participate. 

Why not give it a try?   > 

And remember...

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” - Amelia Earhart

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”

- Amelia Earhart

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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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