Healthy Lives Families Update - Children's Mental Health Week Family Resources, Vaccination Catch Up Clinics for January, The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse - parent discussion guide to talk about your child's feelings, African and Caribbean Eatwell Guide and The South Asian Eatwell Guide and advice on the Healthy Start Scheme!

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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.

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Children’s Mental Health Week 6-12 February 2023 – Place2Be Resources for Families

Children’s Mental Health Week will take place from 6-12 February 2023. This year’s theme is Let’s Connect. Place2be’s website says, “when we have healthy connections – to family, friends and others,  this can support our mental health and our sense of wellbeing…and as parents and carers you play an important role in your child’s mental health.” Check out Place2be’s free mental health resources for families by clicking the link below:

Click here for the Mental Health Week resources for families > 

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Tower Hamlets Vaccination Catch Up Clinics -January dates


If your child has missed the school session and you would like to attend a clinic, please either email Vaccination UK at or call on 0203 343 2400 (Option 4).

Vaccinations offered at the catch up clinic: 

- Flu Vaccinations: Reception – Year 9

- HPV: Year 8

 - DTP & MeningitisACWY: Year 9

- MMR: Rec – Year 13


​Clinic location:

Gough Walk GP Practice, 21 Newby Place, E14 0EY


Date/s of the catch up clinic

Thursday 19th January: 3:30pm-5:30pm 

and Friday 27th January, 3:30pm-5:30pm


Vaccination UK website >

Online consent form >

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The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse: How the Film Can Help You Talk with Your Child About Their Feelings.

Joanna Hunt from the children’s society explains how to use the film of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse to start conversations with your child/children about their feelings. The short film based on the book by Charlie Mackesy was first shown on BBC One Christmas Eve 2022, it is an animated story about courage, friendship and kindness. Joanna Hunt says, that the film “…offers space for a child to relate to a character and start to talk about their own feelings, enabling you to listen and gain a better understanding of what they are experiencing right now.”

The article includes the following discussion points:

  • Considering a new perspective, like the boy in the film
  • Offering positive reinforcement like the horse in the film
  • Asking for help can make things easier, this was an important message in the film
  • It’s OK to be honest about your feelings, just like the fox was

Click here to access the article >

Watch The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse on  BBC One >

African and Caribbean Eatwell Guide

African and Caribbean Eatwell Guide and The South Asian Eatwell Guide

African and Caribbean Eatwell Guide

The Diverse Nutrition Association have developed an African and Caribbean Eatwell Guide, which includes foods such as Okra, Hard Dough Bread, Plantain and Yam.  The resource can be downloaded from the link below.

The South Asian Eatwell Guide and Blog post

Fareeha Jay is a UK Registered Dietitian who has developed The South Asian Eatwell Guide, which includes foods such as Chapatti, Dosa, Daal, Paneer, Lassi, Samosas and Mithai. Fareeha Jay explains how she developed The South Asian Eatwell Guide in blog post, both are linked below.

Click here to download the African and Caribbean Eatwell Guide >

Download The South Asian Eatwell Guide here >

Read The South Asian Eatwell Guide Blog Post here >

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...

 “Courage is found in unlikely places” J. R. R. Tolkien

"Courage is found in unlikely places"

J.R.R. Tolkien

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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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The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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