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NewMe, healthy lifestyle services for our residents!

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HENRY, healthy families right from the start (0-5 years)

HENRY, healthy families growing up (5-12 years)

LEAN Living - Adults  

Stop smoking

You can attend any of our exercise, healthy eating, stopping smoking and sessions for children age 0-5 play and communication sessions throughout the week.

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Get active

No matter how old you are, introducing regular physical activity into your daily life can improve your overall health, ease stress and improve sleep!  The NHS recommends:

  • adults and older people should aim to do at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise
  • young people aged between five and 18 should do 60 minutes of physical activity each day
  • children under the age of five should do three hours of activity a day

If you are new to exercising, the NHS choices website has a digital Fitness Studio with some helpful instructor led videos, covering aerobics, strength and resistance, pilates, and yoga.

The NHS website also has a BMI (body mass index) calculator which can help you find out if you're a healthy weight.  You can also use it to check your child's BMI.

Don't forget to always consult your GP or healthcare professional before beginning any exercise or diet programme.

Find out about our physical activity programmes 

    Exercises for you to do at home

    Physical activity to keep you healthy

     

    Eat healthier - Adults

    A poor diet can lead to a number of negative side effects including cancer, diabetes, low confidence, stroke, infertility and high cholesterol. 

    The NHS BMI (body mass index) calculator can help you find out if you're a healthy weight.  You can also use it to check your child's BMI.

    If you think you may be suffering from any of the above conditions, you should speak to your GP or healthcare professional.  You should also consult your GP or healthcare professional before beginning any exercise or diet programme.

    Also, don't forget that if you're under 18 and pregnant or if you're pregnant or have a child under four years old and are on benefits, you could get Healthy Start vouchers to help you buy some basic foods and milk.

    Our free eat healthily programmes

     

    Eat healthier - Children and families

    Give your child the best possible start by encouraging them to be active and eat well.  
    Deciding ‘what’, ‘when’ and ‘how much’ to give your child is not always easy.  

    We have a range of programmes to support you: 

    Our free eat healthily programmes

    Also, don't forget that if you're under 18 and pregnant or if you're pregnant or have a child under four years old and are on benefits, you could get Healthy Start vouchers to help you buy some basic foods and milk.

    Children and families 0-5 activities 

    See our 0-5 programme April to July 2022 (PDF, 340KB)

    Schools Out Get Active

    Free school holiday activities available during Easter and summer holidays

    During what better way for children to spend their holiday than taking part in exciting activities and making new friends?

    It can be tough for parents finding things to occupy little ones during the holidays, that’s why Barking and Dagenham council host a variety of sports and physical activity camps.

    Attending a camp is a great way for children to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, learn new skills and mingle with kids outside their immediate circle. It's a growing experience that will make them better people one day, with brighter memories of their school holidays.

    Who the programme is for: Young people and children who live or go to school in the area?

    Schools Out Get Active Easter programme

    Bookings open Monday 14 March at 9am

    Week 1 – 4 to 8 April 2022

    Activity: Street Dance - Pullums Dance

    This 3 day street dance workshop will include learning different techniques and street dance styles. You will be learning choreography and get a chance to perform a dance routine at the end of the course to friends and family. Come along to try something new, strengthen your dance skills and make new friends this Easter.

    Venue: Riverside Campus, Riverside Bridge School, Renwick Road, Barking, IG11 0FU

    Time: 1pm to 4pm

    Age group: 5 to 17 years

    Dates: Monday 4 to Wednesday 6 April

    Cost for Camp: FREE to children that live or go to school in Barking & Dagenham

    Book here for 5 to 7 years

    Book here for 8 to 15 years

     

    Activity: Multi Sports – Premier Sport

    The camp covers a wide range of sports including team games and racket sports. The programme is accessible across all ages between 5 and 13 years and all abilities. It ensures children have fun with friends, at the same time learning the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle. The programme helps children improve their communication skills, build their self-confidence, and develop valuable social skills.

    Venue: Becontree Primary School, Stevens Road, Dagenham RM8 2QR

    Age: 5 to 13 years

    Dates: Monday 4 to Thursday 7 April 2022

    Time: 10am to 2pm

    Cost for Camp: FREE to children that live or go to school in Barking & Dagenham

    Book here for 5 to 7 years

    Book here for 8 to 13 years

     

    Activity: Basketball Camp - Right Development Foundation

    Whether it’s your first time touching a basketball, or you have been to the camps previously there will be something for you. Receive coaching from our expert coaches and learn the fundamental skills of basketball and have the chance to improve your skills.

    Venue: Goresbrook School, Cook Road, Dagenham RM9 6XW

    Time: 9am to 2pm

    Age group: 6 to 15 years

    Dates: Monday 4 to Wednesday 6 April 2022

    Cost for Camp: FREE to children that live or go to school in Barking & Dagenham

    Book here for 5 to 7 years

    Book here for 8 to 15 years

     

    Activity: Football – Finesse Sport

    The football camp will consist of multi skill functions designed within fun, small, sided games. Each participant will have the opportunity to try new skills, learn about the body in action and work as a team member. Developing fundamental skills of balance, co-ordination, speed and communication will help improve the participant’s confidence and self-esteem. This is all wrapped up in a fun and exciting environment that will be safe, supportive and respectful for all.

    Venue: Old Dagenham Park, Vicarage Road, Dagenham RM10 9SD

    Time: 10am to 2pm

    Age group: 5 to 17 years

    Dates: Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 April 2022

    Cost for Camp: FREE to children that live or go to school in Barking & Dagenham

    Book here for 5 to 7 years
    Book here for 8 to 17 years

     

    Activity: Athletics – Be Fit Today Track Academy

    The academy is a multi-event athletics development programme, which introduces the fundamental skills of athletics to young people. It focuses not only on how fast someone runs, jumps or throws but more importantly, on developing the technical skills required to perform at full potential and move like a champion. Participants will be placed in groups depending on their ability and will learn athletic disciplines through fun games with a competition at the end of the programme.

    Venue: Jim Peters Stadium, Mayesbrook Park, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham RM8 2JR

    Time: 10am to 3pm

    Age group: 6 to 17 years

    Date: Wednesday 6 to Friday 8 April

    Cost for Camp: FREE to children that live or go to school in Barking & Dagenham

    Book here for 6 to 7 years

    Book here for 8 to 17 years

     

    Week 2 – 11 to 14 April 2022

    Activity: West End Workshop - Pullums Dance

    Come along this Easter to get an insight into the life of a west end performer. Learn about vocal and physical warm ups, learning choreography, staging a routine and getting to perform it to family and friends at the end of the course. We want to welcome you to Pullums to enjoy dance, try something new and make new friends. You will also get the chance to have a Q&A with professional dancers from the West End to ask any burning questions.

    Venue: Riverside Campus, Riverside Bridge School, Renwick Road, Barking, IG11 0FU

    Time: 10am to 1pm

    Age group: 5 to 17 years

    Dates: Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 April 2022

    Cost for Camp: FREE to children that live or go to school in Barking & Dagenham

    Book here for 5 to 7 years

    Book here for 8 to 17 years

     

    Activity: Cricket Camp - Ekota Cricket Academy

    We will be holding a fun cricket camp. The focus will be on 100% fun-based activities concentrating on Learning the basic cricket skills in batting, bowling, and fielding. All abilities welcome.

    Venue: Goodmayes Park, Aberdour Road, Ilford IG3 9RA

    Time: 10am to 2pm

    Age group: 5 to 17 years

    Dates: Monday 11 to Thursday 14 April 2022

    Cost for Camp: FREE to children that live or go to school in Barking & Dagenham

    Book here for 5 to 7 years

    Book here for 8 to 17 years

     

    Activity: Cheerleading – Finesse Sport

    Cheerleading camp coaches offer expert instruction for children and young people to learn and master a stunt or pirouette or as a group becomes a more cohesive team member. Children and young people will master the fundamentals and team building skills, learn game planning, transitions, pyramids, safety training and spotting, partner stunts, dances and more.

    Venue: Monteagle Primary School, 221 Stamford Road, Dagenham RM9 4EL

    Time: 10am to 2pm

    Age group: 6 to 17 years

    Dates: Monday 4 to Wednesday 6 April

    Cost for Camp: FREE to children that live or go to school in Barking & Dagenham

    Book here for 6 to 7 years

    Book here for 8 to 17 years

     

    Activity: Multi Sports – First Kicks

    The multi sports holiday camp will encourage children to take part in a number of different sporting activities throughout the week. This will include attendance from a street dance coach who will teach the participants different routines during the week for a performance that will be shown to parents/carers on the last day of the camp. Our aim is to encourage confidence and help children build on their basic skills of running, jumping, throwing and co-ordination. These key skills will be incorporated over the week in a number of different multi-sport games.

    Venue: Old Dagenham Park, Vicarage Road, Dagenham RM10 9SD

    Dates: Monday 11 to Thursday 14 April 2022

    Time: 9am to 3.30pm

    Age group: 5 to 17 years

    Cost for Camp: FREE to children that live or go to school in Barking & Dagenham

    Book here for 5 to 7 years

    Book here for 8 to 17 years

     

    Activity: Cooking – Grains of Knowledge

    The cooking sessions will teach young people how to make their favourite fast-food meals, in a healthy way. This encourages children to learn what is in their food and equips them with the skills at an early age to be able to prepare their own nutritious meals. Young people are empowered to use cooking equipment safely and be a part of the decision making around what they eat. Participants learn the make up of their meals and gain a better understanding of what is in their food and how to get the most out of a meal. Making healthy eating interesting and exciting.

    Venue: Sue Bramley Community Centre, Bastable Avenue, Barking IG11 0LH

    Time: 10am to 2pm

    Age group: 5 to 7 year - Monday 11 April, 8 to 17 years - Tuesday 12 April

    Cost for Camp: FREE to children that live or go to school in Barking & Dagenham

    Book here for 5 to 7 years

    Book here for 8 to 17 years

    Schools Out Get Active Easter programme (PDF, 152KB)

    Stop smoking

    Quitting smoking is good for your health and your family’s health. Giving up smoking can be a real challenge.

    Our stop smoking page has information about our stop smoking service and one to one support:

    Help to stop smoking

    The NHS stop smoking service has information about the benefits of quitting smoking, and where to get help locally.

    NHS stop smoking

    Social prescribing

    Social prescribing enables a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional to refer you to a specialist link worker to talk about the issues you are facing and find the right services to support you.

    Find out more:

    Social prescribing

    Success stories

    Our programmes

    Hear from residents who have improved their health and fitness through our programmes!

    Watch more on our YouTube channel.

    HENRY

    Hear from mum's sharing their experiences of HENRY.

    “Hearing from other mums about the different things they are doing or trying was really insightful… I learnt that my idea of portions wasn’t correct, so now his portion sizes have reduced and there’s more variety. I was giving him healthy food but I realised it wasn’t balanced, so now there are different things on his plate… I would encourage others to attend because it is nine weeks of being nurtured as a mum, individually and together with your child, and with your extended family who don’t attend but benefit from the programme. You share experiences and you form bonds with parents which is important as it can be a bit isolating as a mum.” – Naomi

    “The programme was amazing, I believe we were a family that needed the intervention to learn about healthier options and this has given me the knowledge to pass onto my children and husband and the rest of my family… It has made me try different foods that I wouldn’t have tried before and the children are benefiting from it because meals are now more exciting… I loved the venue because it is a public venue that we use a lot and so it is a place we feel comfortable in. The members of staff are absolutely amazing and I didn’t feel judged because everybody was here for the same reason… I would recommend the programme to anyone who has children because it teaches you things you thought you already knew, and if it can bring me and my family closer together it can bring any family closer together.’ – Amy

    “I enjoyed the group work because the different parents have different parenting skills and we can learn from each other… I have learnt from the HENRY course to give [my child] options, not letting him control but giving him options and it is really working… It is only little changes that you need in your life that makes a difference.’ – Shazna

    “The best part was to meet in the group and discuss what else you can do and share ideas with other mums… I learnt about the labelling on food, when I go shopping I want to do it quickly, so I don’t look at the labelling, but now I will do more research on it.” – Jolanta

    Reading Well

    Reading Well supports you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading.

    The books are all recommended by health experts, as well as people living with the conditions covered and their relatives and carers.

    You can be recommended a title by a health professional, or you can visit your local library and take a book out yourself. If the book you need is not available, you can reserve it online to pick up from any library in the borough.

    There are five book lists available: 

    1. Reading Well for mental health
    2. Reading Well for young people
    3. Reading Well for children
    4. Reading Well for dementia 
    5. Reading Well for long term conditions

    Reading Well was recognised by the Royal Society for Public Health as a finalist for the 2017 Public Mental Health and Wellbeing Award

    Reading Well Mood-boosting Books

    Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, short stories, poetry and non-fiction for all ages.  The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups. 

    All titles can be borrowed from Barking and Dagenham Libraries. If you are not a library member you can join online

    Reading Well website 

     

    Become a volunteer

    Another great way to help you get active is by volunteering in your local community!

    Barking and Dagenham has lots of opportunities available from roles in libraries, children's centres and community food groups.

    Become a volunteer

     

    Health Information and useful links

    Helping patients and the public find high quality health information!

    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. 

    Online resources and information

    Contact us

    020 8724 8018 

    healthy.lifestyles@lbbd.gov.uk

    Healthy lifestyle