Monthly Healthy Hub Bulletin Issue NO17 January 2021

Sharing health and wellbeing information to support you through the Covid19 pandemic. This week we are featuring the Welwyn Hatfield Healthy Hub website launch and New Year's Resolutions

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Your one stop shop, supporting you and signposting you to your amazing local and national health and wellbeing services. We are currently sharing health and wellbeing information to support you through the Covid19 pandemic. This issue we are featuring the Welwyn Hatfield Healthy Hub website launching on the 11th January 2021. We are also featuring New Year's Resolution ideas for 2021.

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The Welwyn Hatfield Healthy Hub website connect's you to all the local health and wellbeing events, news and support services.

Most of us know that we should be eating healthily and keeping active, but sometimes we need a little help to get us on the right path. The Healthy Hub provides all of us in Welwyn Hatfield,with access to local advice and services to help us all do just that.Why not take a look around and let us know what you think by completing our feedback form? Tell us what you think

New Year's Resolutions for January 2021

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As we move into 2021 some of us might be feeling relieved and hopeful for a chance to leave the problems of the Pandemic behind in 2020.

New Year's Resolutions can be a way to celebrate and mark the coming of a New Year, a way to take control of your future by setting some positive goals to work towards. But 2020 has undoubtedly taken a lot out of us and you might be feeling like you need some help to get started.

Take a look at the Healthy Hub website news and events page for online sessions to help you be more active or learn a new skill. Even though we are still isolating there is so much going on in our health and wellbeing community to support you. Health and wellbeing events

Or if you aren't sure where to start, why not use the Five Ways to Wellbeing, a NHS healthy habits tool kit linking you to Welwyn Hatfield health and wellbeing services. You might find a new hobby, exercise group or social group to get involved in. How we can help

If we have learnt anything from this year, it's that you can't prepare for everything and we can only do our best. The Welwyn Hatfield Healthy Hub website is here to help support you to feel more prepared for this year by helping you stay healthy and well. Take a look at our Personal Support Services section to find out more Personal Support Services

Or simply search our health and wellbeing and sports and clubs section to find out more about what's on offer in Welwyn Hatfield. Services and clubs near you

If you feel you need a real challenge to stay on track this January then taking part in Veganuary could be what you need ! Click the link

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CONNECT......with 6.5 million people taking part in Dry January


Join Dry January with Alcohol Change UK and connect to the support you need

  • Download the free Try Dry app. It's your booze-free buddy for Dry January and beyond, helping you keep track of your units, calories and money saved and letting you earn badges along the way. Plus you can use it to track your drinking and set personalised goals all year round. Click the link
  • Sign up for free coaching emails. They offer you daily tips, stories and much more to help you get the most out of your Dry January. You can sign up for these via the app, or sign up for just emails here.

Spectrum in Hatfield for Drug or Alcohol advice and support

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Spectrum will empower you to set yourself goals to help with your addictions and help you achieve them. They are a free and confidential service for anyone who has a problem with drugs or alcohol. They offer advice, guidance and support for you during your recovery. You can contact them from 09:00-19:00 by phoning on 0800 652 3169 or emailing recovery workers offer support over the phone. If you're worried about something, get in touch.

Listen to the Try Dry podcast now for some added inspiration, interest and ideas for your Dry January

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Each week throughout January host Lauren Booker author of;

Try Dry: The Official Guide to a Month off Booze will be joined by a guest to talk all things alcohol-free and guide you through your dry month.

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KEEP LEARNING..... Something new for 2021!


If you are feeling the pinch this January then you could try eating vegan for Veganuary. Studies over last year are showing that vegan meals cost 40% less than meat and fish.

Moving to a plant-based diet even if it's is just for the month of January will not only help prevent animal suffering, it can also be a way to eat healthier and is better for the environment. Want to find our more then click on this link;

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Cooking vegan food can be like learning a new skill

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Eating a vegan diet is all down to the planning. If you want to keep meals interesting and not too challenging you need to purchase from the specialists. Eat Wholefoods in St Albans have been selling wholefoods since 1978 and they are passionate about health. They believe that nutrition is vital to living a long and happy life. Their mission is to provide a personal service selling freshly packed but high quality, ethically sourced foods, using as little packaging as possible and at an affordable price. You can buy online, in their shop or at the St Albans market. Click the link

If you need some extra help, sign up to a local vegan cookery class at Oaklands College

Experience Thai for Vegans cookery course. This course will adapt traditional Thai dishes with alternative flavoursome ingredients, allowing you to develop your range of cuisine. Dishes will include pad Thai, Thai green curry, fish cakes and mango sticky rice pudding. The ingredients required are not included in the fee. Before the first lesson a list will be sent of ingredients/ equipment you will need to bring. Click on this link to find out more. Click the link

GIVE... a way to fulfil your New Year's Resolutions?

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Change Grow Live amazing volunteers help make a real difference to people's lives. Volunteering can give support and inspiration that could help people change their lives for the better.

Change Grow Live are commissioned by Hertfordshire County Council to lead on support for drug and alcohol addiction.

Change Grow Live will make sure you get all the training and support you need as a volunteer. All they ask is that you're kind, open-minded and passionate about supporting people. Find a volunteer role

If you've got personal experience of the issues their services help people with, one of your options for volunteering is becoming a peer mentor. Peer mentors support and inspire other people who are starting out on their own journey

From the small acts of kindness that you can do from home to major challenge events, with Veganuary you can find your perfect way to make your mark for animals and the planet......RUN, CYCLE, SWIM, DANCE, BAKE, MAKE, SHAKE

Whatever your talents or hobbies, you can turn them into funds for Veganuary. Whether you're a fitness fanatic, thrill-seeker, budding baker or handy with a needle and thread, why not set up your own fundraising event and get your friends and family involved?

You can set up a page on JustGiving and promote your efforts far and wide. Check out these top tips to get you started.You can also set up a Facebook fundraiser. How about doing a birthday fundraiser and ask your pals to donate instead of sending you gifts?

#TeamHerts Volunteering is a countywide Hertfordshire service providing information for individuals who want to volunteer and for charities or similar organisations who are looking to recruit and manage volunteers. There are many different roles to suit everyone from driving to trustee volunteering. Click the link

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TAKE NOTICE.....of your health and wellbeing

2020 has been a bit of an odd one, to say the least. Many of us have spent it stressed and worried, and some of us might have developed drinking habits we'd like to break. Dry January offers the perfect opportunity to do just that.

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The thought of taking on a Dry January might feel hard but the trick with things that feel difficult is to prepare for them, not to avoid them. That's why, for this Dry January, preparation is key.

Remind yourself why you're doing this, make a list and look at it when the going gets tough. Get rid of any alcohol in your house - if it's not there, you can't be tempted. Make a plan for what you're going to do if cravings strike.

If January 2021 brings us some bad news, further anxiety or stress, what are you going to do? Are there ways you can relax that don't involve alcohol? Check out these tips forhaving fun on a sober night in | Alcohol Change UK

Take the alcohol advice quiz to find out what help you need with local Change Grow Live


Take the quick alcohol quiz to understand how much you're drinking and get advice from Change Grow Live.

When you've answered the questions they will give you advice about alcohol and what to do next. Click the link

Discover to recover course with the New Leaf College

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On this free online course you will learn how to recognise your motivation and strengths as well as develop skills and tools to help you move forward in your life. This course will also explore development opportunities within and outside of the college.Click the link


BE ACTIVE.... Join the Movement this 2021..

Although we find ourselves in Tier 4 which sees the closure of our leisure centres, gyms and all our grassroots sports put on hold, there are still ways we can get active both at home and outside.

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The Sport England 'Join The Movement' campaign can help you find ways to get active and stay motivated during these unprecedented times. Whether you exercise first thing in the morning, on your lunchbreak or during the evening you can find free online content for exercising. Some of the available content includes live Youtube worksouts, online fitness classes, tailored programmes, as well as information on 'Couch to 5k', cycling and walking. The exercises and activities are catered for everyone, and you can either do these by yourself or with the family. So if you're looking for something new or want to kick start the new year feeling fit and healthy then you can find out more information by Clicking this link

Chair based, strength and balance classes

This January Home Fitness Hertfordshire are delivering online chair based strength and balance classes via Zoom. These classes are a great way to improve strength and flexibility especially around the hips, knees and ankles. All classes will be performed either seated or standing and run for 30minutes. You need to book before attending, you can view the full timetable for January here:Click the link


For the latest government advice on Covid19 please follow the link;

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