Health and wellbeing news from Welwyn Hatfield week 9

This week we are featuring news for March 2021

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Week 9 in Welwyn Hatfield...How are you enjoying spring now the cherry blossom is here?

International Woman's Day March 8th 

International Women's Day (IWD) has been running for over 100 years. IWD is calling for all women to use their skills to help change the world for the better and to remember woman throughout history who have used their creativity and their vision to help move the world forward for us and generations to come.

The BBC Newsround reminds us about the people who changed history for woman stating 'More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies in Europe, campaigning for women's rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination'

Check out the BBC's video of superheros who faught for woman to get the vote .

NHS Relaunch the Act F.A.S.T Campaign


The Act F.A.S.T. campaign is encouraging people who recognise any single one of the symptoms of stroke, in themselves or others and to call 999 immediately.

NHS have launched an updated Act F.A.S.T. campaign as stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK - and can change lives in an instant. Yet the pandemic has seen a significant fall in stroke admissions and 1,413 excess deaths from stroke between 21 March 2020 and 22 January 2021 (7% higher than expected).

Hertfordshire Health walks will be opening again soon 

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As long as the pandemic figures are still reducing Herts Health walks will be opening again soon.Do keep an eye on their website or check the current Lockdown rules roadmap if you aren't sure of the new rules.

Find Fresh, New Walking Routes with Health walks free online or printable map 

Whilst we are waiting for the lockdown rules to be lifted, Herts Health walks are asking for people to share their walks by taking selfies on their favourtite walking spots. They will feature their favourites on their Health Walks social media pages including Facebook and Twitter, Hertfordshire County Council's Instagram page as well as future Walking in Hertfordshire e-Bulletins.

No smoking Day March 10th

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The Better Health Campaign is here to help you quit smoking. Its not just here for you on No Smoking Day its here all year round. The Better Health No Smoking Campaign can support you via the; No Smoking app and their Quit smoking plan. They can direct you to Quit smoking aids and direct you to your local Quit smoking service.

Quitting during covid

Get local free telephone and text support here

The last year has been difficult for many of us. Stress and concern about our health is on the rise. For smokers this has pulled them in two directions. On the one hand, the chances of smokers successfully quitting are has high as they've ever been. On the other, smokers experiencing stress and mental distress are more likely to be smoking more. 


If you haven't already please take part in the Hertfordshire Healthwatch Vaccination Surveys

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Have your say

The national COVID-19 vaccination programme is well underway in Hertfordshire, with both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneza vaccines being given to local residents. Whether you have had the vaccine or not, Healthwatch want to hear from you.

  • If you have already received the vaccine, please share your experiences here.
  • If you have not yet received your vaccine, please share your views here.

By sharing your views, you are helping local NHS services understand you better and improve things where needed. Both surveys are open until 11th May 2021.  

Click the link to take part