Healthy Lives Families Update - vaccination catch up clinics, children and their emotions, eat well guide and the healthy start card!

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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 Vaccination Catch Up Clinics

Has your child missed any of their school age vaccinations? There will be catch up clinics in Tower Hamlets for the following vaccinations:

  • Flu Vaccinations: Reception – Year 6
  • HPV: Year 8 - Year 13
  • DTP & ACWY: Year 9 - Year 13
  • MMR: Year 8 & Year 9
  • Polio Booster: 6 - 9 year old’s

If you would like to attend, please either call 0207 613 9422 or alternatively email to make an appointment. If you would like your child to have the flu vaccination at school, please use the link below to complete an online consent form.

  • Tuesday 22nd November, 3:30pm-6pm    
  • Wednesday 30th November, 3:30pm-6pm    
  • Thursday 8th December, 3:30pm-6pm    

The clinics will be held at Gough Walk Surgery, 21 Newby Place, London, E14 0EY.

Online consent form >

top tips

Top tips on how to talk to your children about their feelings

It can be so tricky to bring up difficult topics, and talking about emotions with your children can sometimes feel more than a little daunting for parents and carers. You may worry about saying the wrong thing, making your child feel uncomfortable, and even worry about making them feel worse. But the fact you want to explore emotions with your child is enough, even if sometimes it doesn’t go as you planned. Kooth have put together some handy tips on how you could begin talking to your children about their feelings.

Top tips >

eat well

The Eatwell Guide

The Eatwell Guide is used to support everyone eating healthily and achieve a balanced diet. The Eatwell Guide illustrates the right proportions of different food groups. You do not need to achieve the correct balance of different food groups at every meal, but it is suggested to try to get the right balance over a period of a day or even a week. The five main food groups are:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Starchy carbohydrates
  • Dairy and alternatives
  • Protein foods
  • Oils and spreads

Your body needs nutrients all of the five food groups to stay healthy and work properly. In addition, we should also aim to drink 6 to 8 glasses of fluid every day. For more information on the Eatwell Guide, please click on the link below.

The Eatwell Guide >

healthy start

Healthy Start

Healthy Start helps families claiming certain benefits to buy healthy food and milk from the 10th week of pregnancy until the child’s 4th birthday. If you are under 18 and pregnant, you are automatically eligible, regardless of your benefit status.

You are sent a Healthy Start card with money on it that you can use in supermarkets and other grocery stores to buy healthy food, milk or first infant formula. The card is topped up every 4 weeks.

In Tower Hamlets, all children under the age of 4 and all pregnant and breastfeeding women and up to 1 year post-natal are eligible for free Healthy Start vitamins. These can be collected from all Children and Family Centres. You must bring your Heathy Start card if you have one or when you get one. Use your location to find your nearest one.

You can apply for Healthy Start Card:

Online by visiting the NHS Healthy Start website if you are

  • On Universal Credit and Household’s monthly ‘take home pay’ is £408 from employment
  • Receiving Child Tax Credit and household annual income is less than £16190
  • Receiving Child Tax Credit and child(ren) under the age of 4

Over the phone by calling 0300 330 7010 or by emailing  if you are:

  • Pregnant and under 18 (not on benefits)
  • Receiving Child Tax Credit and child(ren) over the age of 4
  • Receiving Income Related Employment & Support Allowance
  • Receiving Income-based Jobseeker’s allowance
  • Receiving Pension Credit (including Child Addition)
  • Receiving Working Tax Credit run-on

Find out more by clicking the link below or speak to your local Childrens' Family Centre.  

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.

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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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