Fortnightly Healthy Hub Bulletin Issue NO11 September 8th

We are sharing current health and well being news to support you through Covid19 Lockdown and this issue we are featuring Organic September and the World Suicide Prevent Day on the 10th of September.

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Organic September by the Soil Association

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What Is Organic September?

In the face of climate change, diet related ill-health and widespread decline in wildlife, the need to change our food systems has never been greater. Organic September is a month-long campaign to raise awareness of organic food and farming and eating with the seasons because there are some great health and wellbeing benefits;

  • For biodiversity and wildlife
  • Helping to combat climate change
  • The highest standards of animal welfare
  • Reduced exposure to pesticides
  • Food as it should be, and food you can trust

Take a look at the fantastic things organic farming has to offer in the article below;

To find out more about the Organic September Campaign or how you can get involved click on this link

Organic farming means you need to work in a holistic way with the land and animals to increase your yield rather than using chemicals and other more conventional farming methods to get results. Glenn Haggart manages 64,000 birds at Addington Farm in Lancashire. For four years, he has trialled playing sounds and music in hen sheds and strongly advocates the practice. This year he is trailing it out on a new flock of Dekalb Whites and it looks like he is getting some interesting results. Click on this link to see the hens dancing to Taylor Swift;

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Thursday 10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day

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This year Hertfordshire Suicide Prevention Network has worked with a range of inspirational people to share their lived experience of suicidewhich we would love for you to read Click here to see them. By working together to raise awareness we can reach our vision that no one in Hertfordshire will feel like suicide is their only option. Get involved on the day by using the hashtag #SuicidePreventionHertsand #WSPD to be featured on our Suicide Prevention Network Website. Or take part in the Virtual Suicide Prevention Conference

Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th of September is the European Week of Sport

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The first edition of the Great British Week of Sport is due out during European Week of Sport celebrating the power that sport and activity has on our physical, mental and social wellbeing.

A series of events across the week will showcase the huge variety of sports and activities which help people of all ages. Across Britain, people will be encouraged to use #BeActive on social media during the week to share the activities they love most and help inspire others to get involved. ukactive, in partnership with Sport England, the UK Government and the European Commission, will work with a host of partners to deliver focussed activities supporting a diverse range of audiences throughout the week. To find out more about the campaign visit: Click on this link to find out more about ukactive and also follow @WelHatSports on twitter to see what's going on in the borough.

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Connect - with local  support

Mindful Mondays and the Great British Week of Sport

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Connect with nature by joining Mindful Mondays by Mind in Herts a Mindful walking course as part of the Great British Week of Sport. Mindful walking simply means walking while being aware of each step and of our breath. ... Mindful walking can release our worries and uplift our mood, why not come and try it? click on the link to register

Connect to local support and get help with school costs

As our children head back to school our monthly out goings might increase. That's why the Citizens Advice are offering guidance on advice on where to find the support you and your children are entitled to. Click on this link to find out if you qualify

Stay connected with the Stay Alive App

The Stay Alive App, developed by Grass Roots is now available to download in Hertfordshire. It has tools to help keep people safe in times of crisis and details of the emergency or support services to contact in Hertfordshire. You can use it if you are experiencing difficulties with your mental health or having thoughts of suicide, or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

Connect to music in your own home with Hatfield House

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It's never been easier to connect with local music events from your own home. Check out what Hatfield House have to offer at the moment. Their Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival is now available on line and if you fancy visiting Hatfield House then children go free for the whole of September. click on this link to find out more

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Keep Learning - to live organically

Organic seasonal veg box delivered to your door

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Try something new by ordering an organic seasonal veg box.Riverford organic box scheme grow seasonal and source local produce so you may find something in the box you have never tried before, like a beautiful Romanesco cauliflower.

Riverford are a family owned business leading in organic produce for over 30 years now.They have some great recipes too Just click on this link

If you are over 65 take a look at Oakland College 65 Project

Oakland College are supported by HALFS to offer free online courses to the over 65's (Enrolment free £10.00)

Gain or improve your smartphone or tablet skills, take your first steps to write your own memoir or discover mindfulness. The only requirement for joining the course is that you have a basic level of maths and English.Just follow the link to find out more;

Just click on this link to find out more

Free course to help health and wellbeing in schools

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Now schools are settling into the autumn term some may be finding it easier to settle than others. Family Links are offering a free online CPD certified course to help school staff recognise and respond to signs of poor mental health and support their own and other's emotional health, increasing mental wellbeing in schools. just click on this link to find out more

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Give - to others and help yourself too

If you are not sure volunteering is for you then watch this amazing short video by Steve a Samaritans Volunteer about how volunteering changed his life

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Steve (60) lives in Walsall and became a Samaritans volunteer following the death of his stepson who took his own life, leaving the family in devastation. Steve is one of thousands across the country that found themselves without a job in lockdown. Click on this link to watch the video of Steve

Join suicide prevention work happening in Hertfordshire by taking part in an event on Thursday 10th of September 1-5pm held by HPFT. This important event will help to raise awareness of the issues and the suicide prevention work happening in Hertfordshire. Please save the date and register your interest at:

The Great British September Clean 11th-27th of September 2020 by Keep Britain Tidy

A new report, produced by Keep Britain Tidy and commissioned by Defra, reveals that the bulk of the litter that is being thoughtlessly thrown on our streets, parks and beaches is the result of our insatiable thirst for drinking on the go. Food on the go' culture of convenience comes with real consequences, with food and drink packaging polluting our environment, which in turn costs millions to clean-up and harms native wildlife and domestic pets.

If you would like to get involved in the Great British September Clean and show support for Keep Britain's Tidy click on the links below and take part:

  1. Organise a private clean-up with up to five other family and friends.
  2. Pledge to do your own individual clean-up, you can give as little as 15 minutes to the campaign.

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Take Notice - listen to an organic landscape

The Soil Association founded in 1946 by a group of people concerned about increasing intensive farming systems effecting the nation's health now certify 70% of the organic food in the UK. They hear from farmers across the country about life on the farm - how it's changed, the challenges they've faced and how they've used innovation and diversification to adapt their business models in a changing world. They are now sharing stories from organic farms across the UK via podcast. Why not have a listen just click on this link to access the podcasts

Buy local organic and seasonal produce at our Farmers Markets

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Discover locally grown food and organic produce by visiting Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield Farmers Market.

Calling all Veterans Healthwatch Hertfordshire needs you

Heathwatch Hertfordshire are supporting the huge amount of veterans living in Hertfordshire by encouraging them to share their voices and take in a survey to share their views and lived experience of health and care matters. If you are a veteran* living in Hertfordshire, please share you views and experiences with us by completing this short survey: click on this link to access the survey

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Be Active - play safely

Advice on how to play safely with team sports

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Most outdoor and indoor sport and physical activity facilities can reopen if those responsible for them feel ready to do so and if they can do so safely following government guidelines. Team sports can also restart when each sport's national governing body has published a government-approved action plan and related guidance on playing safely. Click on this link to find out more about the guidelines

The Great British Week of Sport is sharing some great activities

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Saracens Adult Wheelchair Rugby Club forms a new direction for Saracens and Saracens Sports Foundation providing competitive and reacreational sports opportunities for individuals with physical disability and wheelchair sport. The club event takes place the 12th of September from 1pm-3pm Longmead Hatfield AL100AN. click on this link to discover more activities

Peartree Autumn Health Walks are starting up

The Peartree wellbeing project is starting our HealthWalks 'Peartree Autumn Health Walks with Tig' from Wednesday 23rd September (for 8 sessions/weeks) from 10.30am- . This activity is supported by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (by Small Grants). 

The activity is for the residents of Peartree, Hollybush, and Howlands. They can take a limited number of participants and to join the session, (one-off) registration is essential. For more information or to book, please email

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