Fortnightly Healthy Hub Bulletin Issue NO12 September 22nd

We are sharing current health and well being news to support you through Covid19 Lockdown and this issue we are featuring British Nutrition Foundation Healthy Eating Week the 28th September to 4th of October and celebrating the World's Biggest Coffee Morning Macmillan day 25th September.

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BNF Healthy Eating Week

This year's BNF Healthy Eating Week will last seven days. The aim of the Week is to bring the UK together for a dedicated Week, focusing on key health messages and promoting healthy habits. This year's health challenges are:

  1. Eat more wholegrains (Monday)
  2. Vary your veg (Tuesday)
  3. Drink plenty (Wednesday)
  4. Move more (Thursday)
  5. Be mind kind (Friday)
  6. Get active together (Saturday)
  7. Eat together (Sunday)

The BNF are encouraging UK nurseries, schools, universities and workplaces to register for free to give you access to the latest information and resources to help you plan your week. Just to click this link to find out more

Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning

This September 25th or whenever works best socially distanced or virtual the MacMillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning need you more than ever, to help the millions living with cancer.
People all over the UK host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. In 2019, they raised an incredible £27.5m and are aiming to top that this year.

All you have to do is sign up to host a Coffee Morning and you'll receive a free Coffee Morning Fundraising Kit to get you started.

Eat Your Way to Health

A recipe by Liz Paffley

We are pleased to be able to feature Healthy Eating Week and MacMillans Big Coffee Morning at the same time because eating healthy is so important when suffering from cancer. The British Nutrition Foundation provide a range of professional health advice for a range of illness. Check out their tips and advice on healthy eating to reduce the risks of cancer. Just click on this link

Every week a child under 5 is admitted to hospital due to obesity

Obesity was once unusual in toddlers but, as in other age groups, it is now becoming increasingly prevalent. The vast majority of overweight and obesity is caused by an imbalance between energy intake (amount of calories consumed in food and drinks) and energy expenditure (amount of energy used in activity). If you are worried about your toddler's weight why not use the Toddler Portion Size Tool from the Infant Toddler Forum; Just click on this link

Seasonal Autumn Recipe for Health Eating Week

Why not try this tasty seasonal recipe for Chunky Leek and Potato soup created by Liz Paffley our Welhat Health and Wellbeing officer.

It's simple to follow and leeks and potatoes are a popular food right across the world and they both have some great health benefits.

The humble potato has a number of health benefits. They are full of nutrients such as vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium and fibre. Check out this useful nutrition resource from the British Nutrition Foundation to find out more; click on this link to find out about the health benefits of potatoes

The British Nutrition Foundation also have a variety of useful information on eating healthily on a budget. Just click on this link to find out more

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Connect - to your community for better health

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The Fit, Fed and Read programme tackles of Holiday Hunger, Inactivity and Social Isolation. Thanks to the National Lottery Communities fund, the Herts Sports Partnership and their partners. Through lockdown the inequality gap widened and young people from the most disadvantaged families had little access to sport or physical activity opportunities and social isolation become even more of a factor.

Over 1800 people took part in the scheme whilst meeting the Covid—19 regulations. Young people had the chance to take part in activities, socialise with other people and enjoy a hot dinner. This year partnering with some additional organisations across the County meant they were able to provide young people with some new sports sessions. The Golf Foundation, Stevenage Football Club, Letchworth Rugby club and Saracens women's Rugby team.

For more information on the programme contact

Better Health - Every Mind Matters campaign that has been put together by Public Health England with support from leading children and mental health charities is launching some new resources with the NHS to target mental health across the country further. The resources are designed to help young people build resilience and to help them to look after their wellbeing. There are also tips to help parents and carers spot the signs that children may be struggling with their mental health and how to support them. Click on this link to
see a short film explaining how the campaign can help

Hyde Community Café is opening again on the 24th of September. Hyde Community Café aim is to support people who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and would like to get out and meet people safely. The café is open every Thursday and Friday morning 9.30-12.30.To find out more please email


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Keep Learning - about your health

The Royal Society for Public Health and Welwyn and Hatfield Council run a Level 2 in Nutrition for Health.
The course covers the key role of nutrition in health and wellbeing and equipts learners with an awareness of the importance of healthy eating and the need for special diets/foods for specific peoples needs.

The course can also add points to the Eat out Eat Well Award.The course normally takes place at the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council offices.

To find out more about the course and when the next course is likely to take place please call 01707357242 or email

Health for Kids offers the best advice to help your child flourish and grow. The Grown Up section offers advice and support on current health and wellbeing issues; returning to school after lockdown, managing screen time, or feelings about using face masks. Their kids section has lots of games, quiz and tools to help your child stay healthy during this time. Take a look at their Kids section, they have recently developed a great Health and Wellbeing Kit for children to follow to teach themselves how to make sure they stay healthy and feel good. Just click on this link; Health for Kids guide

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There are many ways to maintain a healthy & happy heart, one of which is your diet and healthy eating. With World Heart Day coming up, think about how a healthy diet can stop you gaining weight, reduce high blood pressure and help lower your cholesterol levels too. Why not join this free event Hosted by Rachel Young, who is the founder of Eat Food Right on Tuesday September 29th at 12:30 PM - 1:10 Just follow this link to find out more

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Give - as we head into Autumn

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Teens Unite supports young people fighting cancer in Hertfordshire to live their best lives whilst others search for a cure. The charity inspires young people to recognise their potential now and in the future and empowers them to live every moment to the full. Volunteering with Teens Unite is for anyone from any age group. All you need is bags of enthusiasm and passion for make a difference. To find out more click on the link.

Help support someone you are worried about. The Samaritan's suggest that at times like these you can't force someone to seek help, but you can make sure they know you are there to support them if they need it. Click on the link below to find the information you need to help someone you love; Click on the link to find out more

Sports in Herts offer some great volunteer opportunities. You can become a volunteer in a number of ways; through some local and national organisations and campaigns, or by heading along to a local sports club and offering your services;

  • leading a bike ride
  • marshalling at a local event
  • Promoting an event by creating posters, or using social media.
  • provide administrative support at a club or event
  • assisting with serving refreshments
  • helping set up a venue for an activity

click on the link to find out more

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Take Notice - of the healthy eating essentials

Off to University and it's your first time living away from home. You are in charge of your own meals and finances. It can be exciting and also a challenge. The British Nutrition Foundation have come up with some great tips on cheap healthy store cupboard essentials for the student's food cupboard. Take a look at the flyer or click on this link to find out more

Being able to walk in nature-filled green spaces, whether in towns, cities or the countryside, makes people happier and healthier. But the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that access to nature is unequal, and the Ramblers report; The grass isn't greener for everyone: why access to green space matters, uncovers the sharp disparity between those who have easy access to green space and those who don't. Ask your MP to support the Ramblers' call for the Bill to require a national target that guarantees no one lives more than a five minute walk from green space. Just click on this link to find out more.

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Spearheaded by The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Hold Still an ambitious community project was launched in May 2020 to create a unique collective portrait of the UK during lockdown. The NPG invited people of all ages to submit a photographic portrait, over a six-week period during May and June, focussed on three core themes - Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness. Over 31,000 submissions were received from across the country, with entrants ranging from 4 to 75 years-old. From these, a panel of judges selected 100 portraits, assessing the images on the emotions and experiences they conveyed. Just click here to find out more.

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Be Active - with the 'Rule of Six'

The Fit Together Campaign has been launched as a response to the new rules and now gyms and leisure facilities who take part in the Fit Together Campaign are committing to six key measures in line with the Government regulations to provide Covid safe premises.

A gym or leisure centre that has made this commitment will have an 'Approved Covid-19 Response' logo or sign within their facility. Click here to find out more.

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Carers in Herts are offering Chair Yoga (Online)
We are running 3 online chair yoga sessions for all abilities through September. You can attend any of the sessions you like from just one to all three. They are taking place on consecutive Wednesdays -16th, 23rd, and 30th.

Please book for each of the sessions you would like to attend Click on this link to register for chair yoga

Wheelchair sports in action.

Herts Disability Sports Foundation originally set up in Welwyn Hatfield are still offering some great sports activities for the development of disability sport for people in day services across Hertfordshire.

The Foundation also supports inclusive training and coach development opportunities for participants, coaches and day service staff; providing a holistic approach to inclusive sports development. In addition to this, they provide open sessions which are available to anybody with a disability and their siblings/friends. These sessions include archery, easy rider adapted cycling, doughnutting, fishing and bell boating. To find out more about these sessions and to book a place, please click here.

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

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