Monthly Healthy Hub Bulletin Issue NO18 February 2021

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We are sharing health and wellbeing information to support you through the Covid19 pandemic. This issue we are featuring the Time to talk day and World Cancer Day on the 4th of February.

Time to Talk Day 4th February


Time to Talk Day is a yearly event aiming to get everyone talking about mental health on one day, the 4th of February. Having a small conversation with someone about mental health problems could have the power to make a big difference. Whilst we are still isolating open conversations about mental health are more important than ever. Time to Talk Day is organised by Time to Change and their moto is; Let's start talking and together we will end mental health stigma. Sign up for Time to Talk Day updates and find out more Click the link

Children's Mental Health Week is also taking place on 1-7 February 2021.

This year's theme is Express Yourself. Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good. Click the link to access resources to help with home schooling and online lessons.

Just Talk Herts and the Five Ways to Wellbeing

Just Talk Herts 5 Ways to wellbeing

As you know the Welwyn Hatfield Healthy Hub is a big fan of the NHS Five Ways to Wellbeing. We believe the Five Ways to Wellbeing to be a valuable tool to help build healthy habits into our daily lives. Hertfordshire's Just Talk Herts, a service encouraging young people to show strength by talking about their mental health is also championing the five Ways to Wellbeing. Click the link to find out more about their programmes.


World Cancer Day Theme -I Am And I Will 4th of February

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Achieving a healthier, brighter future one day at a time.

The aim for World Cancer Day, is to recognise that our commitment to act will lead to powerful progress in reducing the global impact of cancer. This year on the 4th of February why not get involved through the World Cancer Day 21 Days to Impact Challenge. World Cancer Day will be with you every single day for 21 days encouraging you along your way to make an impact through small but meaningful actions.

World Cancer Day state it takes the proverbial 21 days to create a positive habit. So, for 2021, whether you're committing to improving your personal health, supporting someone you love with cancer, educating yourself about cancer, speaking out against cancer or making history by helping to eliminate cervical cancer, sign up to one of the five challenges to receive daily inspiration and practical guidance. Click the link to sign up to the challenge

Hertfordshire Macmillan Benefits Advice Service


Hertfordshire county council are working with Macmillan Cancer Support to provide the Hertfordshire Macmillan Benefits Advice Service for people affected by cancer in the county. The service provide a specialist benefits advice service for people affected by cancer and their carers at key pathway points: diagnosis, treatment, palliative care, end of life. 

Call the Macmillan benefits advice service on 01438 843456 (9am-5pm Mondays-Fridays) or send an email if you would like to make a referral or have any questions about the service. 


CONNECT......through conversation to get the support you need

Empowerment in Health & Wellness - Book Launch 4th Feb

Coaching for cancer course

The content of the Empowerment to Health and Wellness book is drawn from a wide range of experiences and specialisms from a variety of health and wellness professionals.This event is organised by Reciprocal Minds Limited in Welwyn Garden City. Reciprocal minds is a science-led company with a special goal to help people have confidence, energy and the skills to master change. Click the link to find out more

Join the Authors and others to hear how coaching supports those impacted by cancer.Discover the 3 pillars of empowerment: Awareness, Information and Learning Click the link

Hertfordshire Mind Network is proud to be involved in the STRIVE in Hertfordshire project

Mind in Herts course

STRIVE being the acronym for Support and Transition Routes into Volunteering and Employment.

STRIVE provides one-to-one mentoring support based around your circumstances. The aim is to build a positive journey towards employment by helping you develop confidence, resilience and independence. Click the link

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KEEP LEARNING..... to maintain your health

Eating to Reduce Cancer Webinar for World Cancer Day

Food for thought Eating to reduce cancer

To mark World Cancer Day, join the Irish Cancer Prevention Network and the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute for a Public Webinar on Eating Well to maximise good health and to reduce Cancer risk. Click the zoom link below Webinar Registration - Zoom

Your first step to cooking healthier meals with the Change 4 Life Cook together Programme


Sign up to Cook Together and you'll have taken the first step to cooking healthier meals for yourself and your family or friends.

Every week for 4 weeks, Change4Life will send you 2 tasty, healthy recipes with easy to follow instructions, and a shopping list of all the ingredients you'll need to cook a healthy meal. They will also send you some handy tips about healthier eating and how to be food smart when you're out shopping.

Click the link

Master your cooking skills during lockdown with the Healthy Hub monthly seasonal recipe. This month's recipe is Vegetable Jalfrezi

Healthy Eating recipe

The benefits of eating seasonal foods are huge to not just us but also the planet

  • Less pollution (food miles) to bring the food to your plate

  • Higher nutrient content as food from abroad can be stored for up to a year loosing nutrient as its stored

  • Supporting local farmers by purchasing seasonal veg locally

  • Less packaging as less of a need to protect the food item from damage during transportation

Please click on this link to access the full recipe Icon for pdf Jafrezi Recipe [133.9KB] raise funds and awareness

An Evening with Dr George McGavin Thursday 4th of February 19:30-21:00 with the Fountain Centre to raise funds for cancer


Dr George McGavin is a well-known zoologist, entomologist and broadcaster. He has made many programmes for the BBC including the successful 'Lost Lands' expedition series. He has written numerous books on insects and other animals.
Join us on Thursday 4th February sitting down for a virtual chat about his experiences, the insects he has eaten and the ones that are named after him! Suggested donation of £10 (Zoom link will be sent by return)


Hatfield Rotary Club Third Balloon race will start on Valentine's Day 14 February

Valentines event

Getting bored, how about joining in a Virtual Balloon Race being organized by Hatfield Rotary Club in association with Ecoracing. Click Here to enter.You will be helping local charities who are suffering because of COVID. 

This is a fun event in which everybody can participate, whatever your age, and whatever your lockdown status.  You only need a computer, tablet or smart phone.

Spring into health this year by taking part in our virtual challenge around Hertfordshire to support your local mental health charity! What is Spring into Health?

Mind in Mid Herts

Spring into Health is a virtual challenge, taking on the perimeter of Hertfordshire at your own leisure using the Myles virtual app. You can take on this challenge on your own or you can form a team and split the distance. You can run, jog, walk or even skip, the choice is yours! You just need to complete the challenge before 16th April! Spring into Health - Mind in Mid Herts


TAKE NOTICE.....Spring is coming!

BBC Soundscapes for Wellbeing aims to bring nature to everyone


As we move into February during lockdown many of us are looking for signs of spring. Some may find the sight of daffodils and primroses appearing amongst the snow drops exciting, looking forward to longer daylight hours and warmer weather. Others may find solace in nature feeling more relaxed and restored by it.

Substantial evidence advocates that spending time in nature can help to reduce stress and mental fatigue. Academic studies have also demonstrated the potential for music to induce positive emotions.

The BBC Soundscapes for Wellbeing aims to connect audiences with nature through creative programming on BBC Radio 3 and 6 and BBC Sounds and BBC Two's Winterwatch. The BBC also have a new Sound Effects archive. Click the link to access sounds of nature

Be part of something big-Take part in the Virtual Nature Experiment by the BBC and University of Exeter

BBC Virtual nature experiment

The BBC are inviting audiences to take part in a major UK-wide nature experiment which seeks to unearth the potential of virtual nature experiences to boost our wellbeing.

This experiment looks at how online and digital scenes of nature might affect people's wellbeing. If you would like to find out more about the experiment or take part Click the link

BE AWARE-Scams are growing fast across the UK via the telephone and computer

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Police across the country are aware that scams are growing fast and there are over 50 different scams regarding the Coronavirus vaccine. Please remember it is free, the NHS will not ask for any of your bank details and you will be invited to a centre giving the vaccines when it is your turn. If you would like to be kept up to date on the scam then check out Friends Against Scams training video Click the link Or check out Age UK and what they have to say about the scams Click the link


BE ACTIVE....and help transform lives whilst staying fit

England Boxing are also taking part in Time to Talk Day on February 4th by running Catch-up and coffee calls

Boxing England

England Boxing will be hosting a number of catch-up and coffee calls throughout the 4th of February to help raise awareness of mental health.

The call will be centred on the Five Ways to Wellbeing to support Time to Talk Day by Time to Change.

Free places are for people over the age of 16, and you can book by just. Clicking the link

Sport England have just launched their new 10 year strategy, #UnitingTheMovement to help transform lives and communities through sport and physical activity.

Playing rugby

Uniting the Movement focuses on the five big issues:

  1. Recover and reinvent

  2. Connecting communities

  3. Positive experiences for children and young people

  4. Connecting with health and wellbeing

  5. Active environments

More information can be found by visiting: Uniting the Movement | Sport England

Active BINGO with Welhat Sports

Welhat Bingo

Looking for different ways to keep children active whilst spending more time at home? We have the perfect solution....BINGO with a twist! How many can you and your family tick off the list?

Girls if you want to dance you can now do it online

FK Dance Academy are running online girls dance sessions for 11-16 year olds on Friday's 4-5pm on the 5th and 12th Feb.

No experience required, you just need to email to register and receive the login details.

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