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Health Information Week

6 to 12 July 2020

Helping patients and the public find high quality health information!

Health Information Week is a national, multi-sector campaign promoting high-quality information for patients and the public. High quality health information can have a huge impact on people’s ability to stay healthy and manage illnesses effectively, giving them a better quality of life.

You can follow on @Healthinfoweek on Twitter to find out more (and to have a look at last year’s tweets), or you can contact us at healthinfoweek@gmail.com if you have any questions.

The hashtag this year will be #HIW2020, so please use this if you use Twitter!

Virtual programme of events and activities

Mental health and wellbeing

Mental health and Wellbeing Workshop

Tuesday 7 July. 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

One of Talking Therapies Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners will be facilitating a mental health and wellbeing webinar on Zoom.

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Physical activity and exercise sessions

Jason and Barbara from the Healthy Lifestyle team have put together some great exercise videos that can be done from the comfort of your own home:

Tuesday 7 July

Supple Strength with Jason
11.30am to 12.30pm.
Help increase flexibility and strengthen muscles using your own body weight and moves from the holistic worlds of Yoga and Pilates.

Kick Boxing with Jason.
12.45pm to 1.30pm.
Using drills and techniques straight out of the world of the martial arts learn to punch, kick and strike your way to fitness. 

Thursday 9 July

Street Tag Health Challenge
Need motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle? Commit to monthly physical activity challenges for a small fee and help to raise money for local charities.

Friday 10 July

Hiit class with Jason.
9.30am to 10am.
Using body weight exercises that work a lot of the muscles at once, this class will help you burn more calories in less of the time.   

Total Body Workout with Jason.
11.30am to 12.30pm.
This fun and dynamic class will keep your whole body fit and strong. 

Chair Exercise
12.45pm to 1.30pm.
Join in with basic exercises, using a chair, to keep you fit and active.

LEAN Living - Adults

Learning, exercise and nutrition.

Adult weight management, the programme is 12 weeks/topics and include:

Key to healthy eating, get your HR up, food is fuel, what are your external triggers?, build your strength, breakfast benefits, fats under the spotlight, understand your internal triggers, make every day active, make meals matter, sugars under the spotlight, eat out and party 

Monday 6 July

Everyday Out and Party with Seun.

Tuesday 7 July

Food is fuel with Nazia.

Wednesday 8 July

Build your Strength with Muktadir.

Thursday 9 July

Internal triggers with Simon.

LEAN Beans - Families

Learning, exercise and nutrition. Aimed at families with children aged 5 to 12 years. 

6 week family healthy lifestyles programme, with the following topics:

What it means to be healthy, portion sizes and wholegrains, sugars, fats and snacks, physical activity, quiz 

Fact sheets and worksheets will be available for each session which will support your families learning.  

Thursday 9 July

Fats and snacks with Simon.

Stop smoking support

If you would like the chance to have a chat or just listen to other people who are trying to become healthier and change their smoking habits, we will talk about things that have worked for other people, and discuss ideas how to over-come, challenges and triggers.

Monday 6 July

Stop smoking peer support

Thursday 9 July

Stop smoking peer support

Play and communication

Music and movement group for children (0 to 5 years) and their mums, dads and carers to sing, share music, make friends and learn language together. 

Tuesday 7 July

Little Rhyme Makers with Susan.

Thursday 9 July

Little Rhyme Makers with Emma.

Friday 10 July

Little Rhyme Makers with Nikki.

Monday 6 July

Name that Face
1pm to 2pm.
The quiz of faces, can you name who's face it is?

Tuesday 7 July

Coffee Morning
10.30am to 11.30am.
Join our coffee morning, have a catch up with a cuppa, chat to old friends and make new ones.

Supple Strength with Jason.
11.30am to 12.30pm.
Help increase flexibility and strengthen muscles using your own body weight and moves from the holistic worlds of Yoga and Pilates.

Thursday 9 July

Healthy eating talk with Barbara.
11am to 12pm.
Join us to learn how to eat healthy and live a better lifestyle.

Young at Heart quiz
1pm to 2pm.
Join our Young at Heart quiz every week there is something different, get your thinking caps on and give it a go 

Friday 10 July

Chair Exercise
12.45pm to 1.30pm.
Join in with basic exercises, using a chair, to keep you fit and active.

Health Information Week - leaflet (PDF, 162KB)


Online resources and information

Mental health and wellbeing

COVID-19 specific resources

Every Mind Matters - 10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus

Every Mind Matters - Mental wellbeing while staying at home

GOV.UK - Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of COVID-19

NHS Employers, Health, safety and wellbeing

General mental health resources

Blurt - Mental health toolkit

Bupa - Mental health information

Marie Curie - Bereavement support

Mental Health Foundation - Publications

Mind - Information and support

Reading Well for mental health

Reading Well for young people’s mental health

Reading Well for children

Rethink Mental Illness - Advice and Information

Royal College of Psychiatrists - Mental health resources

Pen to Print - Love letters to the world 
Online creative writing workshop for residents during this time of COVID-19

Mental wellbeing apps

Catch It
Learn to look at problems differently, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing.

Worry Tree
Notice, record and manage worries using cognitive behavioural therapy techniques.

A safe and secure forum for teenagers wanting to discuss any issue affecting their lives.

Calm Harm
Designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm.


Local information

Sign up to a local library 

Testimonials from our library members: 

  • “Home Library Service has saved my sanity during lockdown with this service, delivery on time, very good selection of books by taking note of what I’d like and I know from experience how difficult it can be making choices of books for some else. HLS provides a sterling service which I hope is truly appreciated as the staff are friendly, helpful and efficient”. 
  • “lovely books, especially the Vera Lynn memoirs, so well timed, thank you for thinking of it” 
  • “very good selection! Only one book I had read before, but I read it again and couldn’t put it down.  Really pleased with the service” 
  • “more than satisfied with the service, you are all so kind” 

RB Digital
Hundreds of courses spanning thousands of in-depth video lectures on subjects like science, health & wellness, and much more RB Digital

Harmony Clinic Sepsis Video

Finding trusted apps

NHS Apps Library
Includes apps which have been assessed to NHS standards.

Provides reviews and assessments of health apps, including how data is used and stored.

General health apps

Access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.

Book GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions and set up medication reminders on your smartphone.

A messaging service allowing you to anonymously contact health care professionals.

Providing young people with confidential health advice and greater access to health information.

Wellbeing and mindfulness

Action for Happiness

Living Life to the Full
Free online courses covering low mood, stress and resiliency.

Mindfulness Awareness Research Centre

Mood Busting (Reading Well)
National promotion of uplifting books, including novels, poetry and non-fiction.

NHS - 5 Steps to mental wellbeing

NHS - Mindfulness

Pen to Print: Thoughtful Tuesdays