Health and wellbeing news from Welwyn Hatfield week 18

This week we are featuring health and wellbeing news for the 2nd week in May 2021

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National Walking Month and Mental Health Awareness Week go hand in hand......Both campaigns encourage you to get active and feel better.

Walking is good for our minds, our bodies and our neighbourhoods and has been a lifeline during the past year, helping people stay active and connected. That's why Living Streets want everyone to keep going and pledge to #WalkThisMay!


Let them know how many short journeys you plan to walk each week during National Walking Month ( around one mile or 15-20 minutes).They will then work out how many calories you'll burn and how much CO2 you'll save across the month compared to if you were driving those trips.

They will also enter everyone who pledges into their prize draw to win either £200 or £50 worth of outdoor clothing shopping vouchers, so you're ready and raring to go - whatever the weather!

Pledge to walk this May and get entered into the prize draw

The NHS Every Mind Matters campaign supports adults to take action to look after their mental health and wellbeing and also encouraging people to be more active and feel better!

The campaign encourages people to get a free NHS-approved Mind Plan from the Every Mind Matters website. By answering 5 simple questions, adults will get a personalised action plan with practical tips to help them deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, sleep better and feel more in control. Over 2.6 million Mind Plans have been created since it launched in October 2019.

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Every Mind Matters offers a range of useful resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, provides practical self-care tips and guidance and, importantly, explains when to seek further support.

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Check out the Healthy Hub Plans and Calculators page to complete your Mind Plan.

Plans and calculators

If you need that little extra help to get you off the sofa why not try this!

Roulette wheel 

Access the 'Spin Me Activity Health Roulette Wheel'

Living Streets campaign #Try20 tips is designed to help you fit 20 minutes of walking into your day even if you need to exercise whilst working from home.

Health experts recommend a brisk daily walk as an easy way to improve your health with a 20 minute walk being shown to reduce the risk of a number of preventable health conditions, including certain cancers, depression, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Volunteering for the Dog Trust to Foster a Dog could be a great way to start walking if you need some encouragement

Volunteers are an integral part of the Dog Trust team.

Volunteers help in many aspects of our vital and lifesaving work across the whole of Dogs Trust.  whether it is raising money at their events or in charity shops, giving a dog waiting for it's new home some extra love and attention, or ensuring their centres look welcoming and attractive to visitors and potential adopters. Every role is so important.

Visit the Dog Trust here

If you still haven't found what you are looking for check out the Healthy Hub local Be Active page to find local walks and places to get more active locally

family walking the dog

Be active