Health and wellbeing news, from Welwyn Hatfield. Week beginning 10th of January 2021

Sharing local updates on health and wellbeing services, events, training courses, funding etc.

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News for the week beginning 10th of January 

A 'New You' for '22 with Amy at Slimming World

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January is famous for New Year's resolutions. There's something so motivating about pressing the 'reset' button and starting a new year with a fresh set of goals - a brand-new year for a brand-new you. And this year that feeling's likely to be stronger than ever, as we emerge from the worst of the pandemic.

For many of us, becoming slimmer, fitter and healthier will be at the top of the list of our New Year's resolutions for 2022. Spending so much time indoors, often coupled with more indulgent food choices and disrupted routines, saw many healthy habits fall by the wayside during the pandemic - and then Christmas rounded it off! And let's not forget, getting into great shape is the very best thing that we can do for our long-term health.

If you're ready to make 2022 the year that you take control, lose weight, get fitter and gain confidence, then why not take part in Amy Jefferies Slimming World classes. Amy is a consultant in Hatfield and team manager for St Alban's.

Hatfield Smiling Worlds Classes take place every Wednesday at 4pm, 5.30 pm & 7.30 pm at St. Peter's church hall. If you would like to attend call Amy on 07702911160 Or just come along

5 New Year's resolutions to help reduce your risk of dementia

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The Alzheimer's society list five things you can do to help lower your chances of developing dementia with illustrations by multi-award winning cartoonist, Tony Husband.

Like many people, you may have made some resolutions for the new year. Perhaps you're determined to improve your health by doing more exercise or drinking less alcohol.

Making healthier choices can also help reduce your risk of dementia. While some things that affect your risk of dementia can't be changed, such as your age or genes, there are many things you can change. The Alzheimer's Society is not suggesting that the risk factors here cause dementia, or that if you follow this advice you will prevent dementia completely. However, evidence shows that factors such as keeping active and eating healthily can help reduce your risk.

Access the guide here Icon for pdf Reducing the risk of Dementia Guide [8.48MB]

My Life My Goals Self Help Guide

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People with dementia often feel happier when supported with daily activities and things that bring joy to their life. It's not always necessary to stop doing these things after a dementia diagnosis; they may just need to find different ways of doing them.

A person living with dementia in the early stages can benefit from a practical strategy that works for them as an individual. A care partner might be able to support problem-solving and help develop the strategy.

My Life, My Goals is a self-help guide designed to help people living with dementia, step by step, try to achieve their goals.

Dementia can bring a lot of changes to a person's life. Working on a goal can have a positive impact, providing a focus and making a person feel more confident and in control. My Life, My Goals is a self-help guide created for people in the early stages of dementia by people with dementia and researchers. Find out more here

Assess the My Life My Goals guide here Icon for pdf Early stages of dementia self help guide [6.4MB]

Access more help from the Alzheimers society here

Wellbeing Drama for Young people - Aged 18 - 25?


This FREE programme using theatre techniques is for those experiencing stress, anxiety, depression and anything else effecting their wellbeing. You don't need any experience to take part, everyone is welcome from absolute beginners to the more experienced. Starting Tuesday 1 February for 8 weeks 5.30 to 7.30pm at the Wellbeing Centre in Stevenage

Studies have shown that taking part in an arts activity has a positive influence on mental health and general wellbeing. It can increase self-esteem and confidence, reduce feelings of isolation and give those involved a sense of personal achievement.

The programme is being led by a professional Trestle artist and in partnership with Mind in Mid Herts. Each session will explore a combination of theatre and mask techniques.

Healthier snacks make happier lunchboxes with the NHS Food Scanner App

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There are surprising amounts of sugar, saturated fat and salt in everyday food and drinks we give our children. Better Health is here to help your family eat better and move more.

The newly updated Food Scanner App is a handy health hack for families that helps them to swap unhealthy foods that are higher in sugar, saturated fat and salt, to healthier choices. By making a few easy swaps, you can make a real difference to your child's health.

For healthy food alternatives/swaps and recipes, download the free NHS food scanner app here

Step 2 Skills FREE Family Fortunes online course


This free online family course is an exciting family learning programme that helps your children learn about money through fun activities and can help your family save money on everyday things like food. The course starts Thursday 13 January.

Book online at: Book online for the course here

Step2skills and Oaklands College 6 week FREE Course for Over 50's-Staying Safe online

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This course is for people over 50 who struggle to use the internet. The course will cover, accessing secure websites and understanding what makes them secure. Navigate shopping sites e.g. Amazon, eBay, food stores for delivery/ click and collect, order tickets for the theatre, train, National Trust etc. How to create a secure password.Stay safe online - junk mail/ phishing emails and clearing history, cache, favourites and more.

For details of this course see the leaflet below or see the website here Oaklands College course here . Please note that those that are S2S funded may have either no tuition fee or just a small registration fee or a remitted fee depending on the student's circumstances.  Other students will pay a £20 Registration Fee for the; Staying Safe Online Internet Course.

 Click on this link to view the leaflet about the course hereIcon for pdf Oaklands College over 50's Internet course [400.54KB]

Have you ever thought about volunteering?

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Join the fantastic team of Health Walk volunteers and help lead a range of walks in your local area.

Upcoming Online Training Sessions:

Wednesday 26th January 2022, 10am-12pm

Wednesday 2nd March 2022, 1-3pm

Register your interest today via or call 01992 555888 between the hours of 9-11.30am & 2-3pm,

Have your say on budget spending (2022-23)

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Hertfordshire County Council wants to hear your views about how they should spend your Council Tax over the coming financial year, from April 2022 to March 2023. They'll use feedback from this consultation to inform the council's budget decision-making process.

Find out more at: Have your say on budget spending (2022-23) | Hertfordshire County Council

Here For You - Bitesize 20-minute webinar on the winter blues and low mood

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Here For You Winter Blues Webinar will run on two dates, Friday 14th January between 12:00-12:30pm and Monday 17th January between 14:00-14:30pm.

The Here For You team will be hosting a short 20 minute webinar on low mood to help with understanding and strategies to manage. They will be allowing 10 minutes after the presentation to talk and reflect on the webinar and for anyone to ask questions. This part of the webinar will not be recorded.

You can leave after 20 minutes or remain for the final part if you wish. To find our more about the webinar click on this link Home (

Blog post on the SEND Local Offer 

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There is a very useful blog post on the SEND Local Offer page about Demystifying mental health support in Hertfordshirewhich will be helpful for practitioners to know about and refer to when supporting some of their families, it also links to a lot of useful resources. You can read the full Blog here.

Do you feel your race or ethnicity sometimes affect the quality of healthcare you receive?

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Healthwatch Hertfordshire Making Local Healthcare Equal for All.

Last November, Healthwatch Hertfordshire (HwH) launched a survey asking for people of Black, Asian and Arab origin to share their views and experiences of local health services.

Although the findings from these responses are already hugely valuable, to make the biggest difference, it's important that more voices are included and heard.

 How to get involved

·       Participate in a one-to-one interview or focus group. Call 01707 275978, email or complete the online webform.

·       Complete our anonymous survey: The survey is available in multiple languages and will take approx. 5-10 minutes to complete.

By sharing your views and experiences, you are helping local NHS services improve equality and inclusiveness in healthcare for you and others.