Fortnightly Healthy Hub Bulletin Issue NO8 July 28

We are sharing current health and well being news to support you through Covid19 Lockdown plus activities from National Campaigns and this issue we are featuring Plastic Free July and featuring Cycle to work day.

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Plastic Free July 2020

Choose to Refuse Single Use Plastic.

Plastic Free July is a campaign to raise awareness about plastic pollution and to encourage people to refuse to use single use plastic by supporting them to make plastic free choices through July and beyond.

Here at Welwyn Hatfield Council we are celebrating the campaign Plastic Free July because recycling and reducing the use of plastic is hugely important to our communities future.

Check out the Plastic Free Challenge stories from communities around the world. Plastic Free July Website.

So what is the problem with plastic?

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Microfibers from plastic in clothing is contaminating our drinking water.

Chemicals in plastic leach into our food and drinks causing health concerns.

Sea birds are enticed to eat plastic waste as it gives off a smell like their food, killing many sea birds per year across the world.

Check out Welwyn and Hatfield Councils plastic free information and guidance for reducing plastic from our lives and our communities; Hertfordshire Plastic Information.

Cycle to Work or Somewhere Else Instead Day August 6th

Cycle Day Thursday 6th August

Is all about getting people on bikes. Cycle to Work Day or as it's known this year during lockdown Cycle to Work Who?What?Where? Day is all about just giving it a go and being motivated to cycle anywhere.

The campaign usually encourages people to start commuting to work more often.

This year is a little different of course. With commutes now feeling like a distant memory for many of us, you might be thinking 'Cycle to...Who? What? Where? Day'. It's 2020, and we're embracing the unknown. Rather than swapping your commute, they are asking you to ride anywhere, for any reason and with anyone. It's still Cycle to Work Day, but with a new twist!

Register with Love to Ride and gain incentives, advice, rewards and prizes by taking part! Register with Love to Ride.

Cycle with someone by joining a cycle group

Check out the local woman's cycling group on South Herts Cycling website; Hatfield Cycling Group.

Register for your £50.00 fix your bike voucher

A new Government scheme offering £50 bike repair vouchers has just been launched in England today as part of plans to boost cycling and walking. As part of a £2bn strategy, grants will also be made available to allow the public to buy electric bikes at a subsidised price. Follow the link to find out more; Bike Voucher Scheme Website.

Seasonal Healthy Eating by Liz Paffley

Liz Paffley, Health & Wellbeing Officer, recommends Courgette Fritters as the recipe of the week.  With courgettes currently growing abundantly, this is a great recipe (based on a BBC Good Food recipe) in which to use some of your crops, if you have grown them at home.

Courgettes contain few calories and have a high water content. They are a delicious and versatile veggie that can work well in many recipes.  They provide useful amounts of immune-boosting vitamin C, and significant levels of potassium.

Liz Paffley's Summer Courgette Fritters


  • 2 medium courgettes, grated
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 30g self-raising flour
  • 20g corn flour
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp chili flakes
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tsp mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 80g cheddar cheese, grated (or halloumi works well)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Sweet chilli sauce to drizzle

Recipe Method

  1. Wash courgettes in a sieve, sprinkle with salt. Drain for 30 mins, squeeze out the liquid with hands making them as dry as possible.
  2. Combine the flours, sesame seeds, chilli flakes and pepper in a bowl. Add the mint, cheese and courgette, and toss lightly to combine.
  3. Crack in the eggs, use a fork to stir them into the mixture with spring onions. Stir until you have a thick batter.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large, heavy-bottomed non-stick frying pan. Add 2 heaped tbsp of the batter for each fritter, flattening them down with a spatula, and fry for a couple of minutes until golden.
  5. Drain on kitchen paper and season with a pinch of salt.
  6. Drizzle with the sweet chilli sauce to serve.

Five Key Messages for Health and Wellbeing

Connect - Healthy Lifestyles

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We're on a mission to encourage Hertfordshire to 'Remember Your Reusables'! Hertfordshire County Council have developed an initiative called Refill Hertfordshire to encourage residents to use reusable items such as water bottles, coffee cups, bags etc.It is more important than ever to ditch single-use plastic and switch to reusable alternatives.Refill Hertfordshire allows public places - such as cafés, pubs, takeaways and restaurants - to register as Refill Stations that will happily refill your bottle with free tap water on request.

We need support in building the number of Refill Stations listed in Hertfordshire. Find out how you can register your business or encourage your local businesses- it only takes a minute and is completely free to take part or click on the link to find out where you can refill your water bottle for free; Get the Refill App.

GamCare is the leading charity in the UK of information advice and support for anyone affected by gambling harms. Their helplines and live chats are still available 24 hours. The National Gambling Helpline is open 24 hours every day on Freephone 0808 80 20 133, or you can live chat with us.

ASCEND services are available to anyone living in the South Oxhey and Three Rivers community. They offer education and support for carers and mental health and much more.ASCENDwanted to run a community art project to connect people, to record what lockdown has meant to them and to get creative.  With funding from the Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group and Hertfordshire County Council and support from Mixed Media Artist Sian Fenwick and Cultural Artist Ekky Archibong, the ASCEND Isolation Blanket Project was born, click on the link to see their beautiful creations, it's an inspiring story; ASCEND project website.

Connect with optimum health for cycling and exercise by following advice on hydration whilst cycling. Just follow the link; How Much Water Should a Cyclist Drink?


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Keep Learning - On Your Bike!

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The Cycle to Work Scheme is a scheme that helps employees reduce the cost of purchasing a cycle plus any equipment required to help you cycle to work. Follow the link to find out more; Cycle scheme website.

First Aid course for cyclists. Steve Evans, a Paramedic and cyclist has created a first aid course which is aimed specifically at cyclists. He is distributing the course as widely as possible and at no charge. First aid is an issue that can often be overlooked and ignorance of even basic procedures can result in unnecessary trauma and serious situations becoming worse. Follow the link to find out more and be aware; First Aid for cyclists.

Herts Inclusive Theatre are now running several online workshops for children and adults.If you are interested in learning to sing, or act or even how to become a comedian then take a look at the following link to enrol; Herts Inclusive Theatre - What's On?

Take part in reading this summer with the Summer Reading Challenge. Its free to access and a place for children to rate and review the books they are reading as they progress towards their reading goal.

The website features video content, games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children to take part in the Challenge at home; Summer Reading Challenge Website.

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Give - The Future

Keep Britain Tidy is an independent charity with three goals - to eliminate litter, end waste and improve places. This means more to us than just picking up litter. It means creating clean beaches, parks and streets. It means creating sustainable practices and eliminating unnecessary waste. It's about working with people, businesses, organisations and public bodies to care for the environment on our doorstep. They fight for people's right to live and work in places they can be proud of and prosper in. They offer plenty of ways to get involved from volunteering or fundraising with them or running your own beach or litter clear up. Just follow the link to find out more; Keep Britain tidy - stories.

Search the internet the healthy way by using Ocean Hero a search engine that removes plastic from the sea every time you use their search engine. Make Ocean Hero your search engine today and you can help remove plastic from the sea. Ocean Hero search engine.

Social distancing is possibly going to be part of our lives for the foreseeable future. Cycling UK are campaigning to encourage the Government to provide social distancing cycle routes during the pandemic. They are encouraging us to get in touch with our local council through Widen My Path to help identify the measures needed locally for safe travel on bikes. If you would like to find out more then just follow the link; Wide my path - Cycling UK website.

Action for Conservation have just launched WildWEB, a brand new digital programme to support young people aged 13 - 17 yrs to take action for the environment over this period and prepare for the world that lies beyond the lockdown.They believe all young people should be given the opportunity to feel empowered and protect the planet. Follow the link to get involved or find out more; WildWEB programme.

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Take Notice - with the Hertfordshire Campaign 'Play Your Part'

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Stay Safe Hertfordshire: Play Your Part

As part of our Stay Safe Hertfordshire: Play Your Part campaign, residents are being reminded that the most important things they can do to help reduce the spread of coronavirus are to:

  1. keep washing your hands as often as possible, for 20 seconds with warm water and soap
  2. keep your distance from others, particularly in indoor spaces
  3. wear a face covering in the places you are required to and when it is difficult to stay socially distanced
  4. self-isolate and book a test immediately if you get symptoms.

If you would like to show your support for the Play Your Part campaign, you can: follow our corporate Facebook and Twitter accounts or click on this link to find out more; More information about the Play Your Part campaign.

Face coverings compulsory from July 24th On Friday 24 July, wearing face coverings in shops became mandatory in England, to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19.The Government announced these new rules last week from best available scientific evidence that states when used correctly, wearing a face covering may reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets in certain circumstances, helping to protect others.

Herts Careline help people continue to stay independent. They are currently offering free face masks to their new customers. Follow the link to find out more; Herts Careline - free face masks to new customers.

Free from wearing a face covering badge. If you struggle wearing a face covering there is an option to download a Free from wearing a face covering badge to use whilst shopping; just click on the link; Download face mask exemption badge.

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Be Active - walking, running, playing games, picnicking in our parks

Public Health have just launched a brand new adult campaign Better Health. COVID-19 has affected the whole country; for almost everyone, life has had to fundamentally change. Nearly two thirds (63%) of adults in the UK are overweight or living with obesity. Gaining weight is often a gradual process that takes place over a number of years and modern life doesn't always make it easy. This extra weight causes pressure to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and now COVID-19. Find out how the Better Health Campaign can help you; NHS Better Health Campaign

If you are keen to get cycling but find the thought of pedalling up some of Hertfordshire's hills just too much then the electric bike could be the answer for you. Ebikes can be a great way to keep fit, you still need to do some pedalling but the extra help the electricity provides could get you to work and back when you do need to go into the office. Take a look at a local supplier to find out more about the different models available; Find out more about electric bikes.

If you find exercise dull or even boring or you find it hard to be motivated to get on your bike Cycle for Charity can help. Cycle for Charity provide you with the platform to choose your own charity to fund raise for by creating your own Cycle for Charity event. Take a look at some of the stories from people who have created their own fundraising event or sign up; Cycle for Charity stories. State that the UK currently ranks as the country with the highest level of obesity in Europe, with more than 1 in 4 (28.1%) adults obese and nearly two out of three (63.4%) overweight. Over the next 20 years, the number of obese adults in the country is forecast to soar to 26 million people. According to health experts, such a rise would result in more than a million extra cases of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Cycle for Diabetes are asking people to take part in their UK wide cycle ride challenge in September by taking your fitness up a gear by being part of their virtual challenge raising money for diabetes. Follow the link to register or find out more; Cycle for Diabetes website.

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For the latest government advice on Covid19 please follow the link; Government COVID-19 Guidance.

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