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The Big Lunch 2014

Get Ready for the Big Lunch 2014 Add to Your Support

Its time to prepare for the The Big Lunch 2014. The aim of The Big Lunch is to encourage as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours on one day a year. It provides the perfect recipe to have fun, connect with your community, give and share food with others and help to build stronger neighbourhoods. It is the gift of an idea which enables people to get together in their local area and celebrate their community or use the event to raise money for a charity of their choice. Though a date is nominated every year, you can hold a Big Lunch whenever or wherever you like, so why not prepare and plan your Big Lunch.

Need some more reasons for having a Big Lunch?

  • The Big Lunch is a simple recipe to have fun and connect with your neighbours and encourage friendlier, safer neighbourhoods, which will…
  • Feed community spirit! As well as sharing a meal you’ll be meeting new people, be making new friends and strengthening ties in your community which could see you…
  • Starting to share more –from conversation and ideas to skills and resources –so we all end up richer in every sense, which can also help you to…
  • Discover common ground across age, class, faith, race and the garden fence, and remind ourselves that charity begins at home, or just a couple of doors away, and remember…
  • To make the third of us who live alone feel connected to their communities, and, before you know it, you’ve started to…
  • Change a neighbourhood for good, forever!

So, enjoying a Big Lunch is just the start– it’s what can happen after that really makes the difference!

The Big Lunch is a great way to Give, Connect, Keep Learning and Take Notice – four of the Six Ways to Wellbeing.

Find out more about the Big Lunch 2014 follow the link.

Need some ideas and inspiration of how to get started or some free resources? go to:

http://www.thebiglunch.com/join-in/download-resources.php

Want to find out more about the Six Ways to Wellbeing? Follow the link.

Live It Library 2014

Live It Library in April – Sheppey Add to Your Support

Live It Well, KMPT and Rethink Mental Illness are holding a Live It Library in Sheppey on the 24 April at the Sheppey Gateway, 38 – 42 High Street, Sheerness, ME12 1NL (10 – 4pm)

Everyone is welcome to come to record their stories – service user, carer, professional or anyone of any age affected by mental health issues. To find out more about the event click here.

To book a place or to find out more about the day email Louise at louise@liveitwell.org.uk or for more information download the Sheppey Live It Library Invitation by clicking on the link.

To find out more about the Live it Library and to listen to some of the stories we already have click here.

 

Earth Day 2014

Earth Day 22 April Add to Your Support

Its Earth Day on 22 April. Earth Day marks the launch of the environmental movement and this year they are asking people to show their support for Earth Day by holding an Earth Dinner.

So what is an Earth Dinner? It’s a meal that you make and share with others that has as many local, seasonal and organic ingredients as possible.  Also by planning your Earth Dinner you will get to know the local story behind the food – where did it come from? Who were the farmers? What is the history of each dish’s recipe, or the food itself? Finally, it’s a great opportunity to have a meaningful conversation with your family about food, sustainable farming, and your own connection to the food, the earth, and each other.

It’s a great way to Connect, Care for the Planet and Keep Learning – three of the Six Ways to Wellbeing.

The Earth Dinner is it doesn’t have to be a “dinner.” It can be a sit-down meal or a stand-up social hour; a non-profit fundraiser meal or a for-profit restaurant theme night; potluck, catered or home-cooked. It can be celebrated around a restaurant table, picnic table or the dining room table. It can be as planned or as spontaneous as you like!

 

 

Change 4 Life 2014

Change 4 Life: Would you or your family like to be healthier and happier? Add to Your Support

These days, ’modern life’ can mean that we’re a lot less active. With so many opportunities to watch TV or play computer games, and with so much convenience and fast food available, we don’t move about as much, or eat as well as we used to.

Would you like loads of ideas, recipes and games to help you do this? Then join Change4Life.

Joining is a brilliant first step to get the most out of Change4Life. Their quick assessment will help you discover the right places for you to start making a change.

Take the first step towards getting yourself or your kids eating well, moving more and living longer so go one register for Change4Life!

Find out more at Change 4 Life: www.nhs.uk/Change4Life

Register for Change 4 Life: https://registration.change4life.co.uk/

Change 4 Life are also running a Smart Swaps campaign you can find out more about this by following the link.

 

 

 

Take Notice Six Ways to Wellbeing

National Gardening Week 14 – 20 April Add to Your Support

National Gardening Week was launched three years ago by the RHS and since then has grown into the country’s biggest celebration of gardening and this years events are all about communities. You don’t need green fingers either you can get involved in an event or visit one of the many gardens in Kent.

Live It Well are also celebrating spring and as part of our celebration of spring we want you to share your photos with us. Is there a view near your home that you really enjoy or if you are going to visit one of Kent’s gardens or is your own garden is just waking up for 2014?  If so, take a snap of it and post it on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/LiveItWellKent

To find out more about National Gardening Week and where you can visit in Kent follow the links:

or to learn more about the Six Ways to Wellbeing follow the link.

 

 

Six Ways to Wellbeing Take Notice

Share your photos and put a spring in your step! Add to Your Support

As the weather improves, we’re getting “Wild about Wellbeing”! As part of our celebration of spring we want you to share your photos with us.

Is there a view near your home that you really enjoy? It might be a building, street or park.  If so, take a snap of it and post it on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/LiveItWellKent

When you take a photo you stop to look at your surroundings. And ‘taking notice’ is one of the Six Ways to Wellbeing.

If you share your photos, you’ll also be ‘giving’ – helping other people in Kent to take notice and enjoy the spring.

So, go on, post your photo now!  The one we have used in the news item is from Lisa who took this when walking at the weekend & on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/LiveItWellKent we have Simon’s photo featuring his dog Ruby in Camer Country Park.  Roll on summer!

To learn more about the Six Ways to Wellbeing follow the link.

Be Active Six Ways to Wellbeing

10 Minute Workouts Add to Your Support

Short on time? Hate the gym? Too tired to exercise after work? NHS Choices have some 10-minute workouts that you can fit into your busy life.

The equipment-free fitness routines are great to do at home and short enough for you to easily fit them into your daily schedule. There are six workouts, one for every day of the week if you include a rest day, each working on a different area of your fitness.

Or if your level of fitness is better why not try one two or even three in ten minute exercise bouts during one day – its a great way to Be Active.

If you want more suggestions as to how to Be Active go to our Be Active page, its one of the Six Ways to Wellbeing.

 

 

World Autism Awareness Day 2014 Kent

World Autism Awareness Day 2014 Add to Your Support

It was World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

Autism is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.

Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.

To find out more about Autism and to find out about services in Kent and Medway follow the links:

Spring Online 2014 Kent

Spring Online 2014 Add to Your Support

Spring Online is an initiative that makes it possible for thousands of people, often older people, to try out using computers and tablets and the internet, many for the first time.

You’re never too old to get to grips with the internet and Keep Learning, one of our Six Ways to Wellbeing as Christine explains below:

This year, between 31 March - 4 April 2014, thousands of free taster events and sessions will be held by volunteers and organisations across the UK to help and inspire local people achieve a lasting use of the internet.

Find out more about Spring Online here :  digitalunite.com/ 

Find out about how people in Kent Keep Learning, one of the Six Ways to Wellbeing.

Turn 2 Us Benefits Checker

Turn 2 Us Benefits Checker Add to Your Support

Turn2us website has an excellent benefits checker that helps ensure that people are receiving all of the benefits  they are entitled to. Turn2us helps people access the money available to them – through welfare benefits, grants and other financial help.

To access the Turn2us Benefits checker click here.

If you are unable to access the online benefits checker, Turn2us also operate a helpline which is a free, confidential and independent service that helps people in financial need access available welfare benefits and charitable grants. You can contact them by calling freephone 0808 802 2000 (8am-8pm Monday-Friday). 

www.turn2us.org.uk

Live It Well also has information on Money and Benefits which you can see by following the link.

If you are in debt and need some free debt help and advice see our debt information by following the link.

 

Happiness Wellbeing 2014

International Day of Happiness Add to Your Support

The 20 March is the first International Day of Happiness; a day designed the raise awareness of how important wellbeing and happiness are in our lives. March 20 gives us all a chance to hit our own pause button and to think about what happiness and wellbeing and what it means to us and how it is an essential element in our lives.

Live It Well is encouraging everyone in Kent to take up the Six Ways to Wellbeing, which are six simple steps to increase your wellbeing and happiness. Why don’t you have a look at the Six Ways of Wellbeing page and take up a Way to Wellbeing. Making small changes could make a big difference to your life and on our web pages you can see what other people in Kent are doing to make them happier and increase their wellbeing.

Find out more at:

Get involved on the day on twitter with #happinessday

Explore Kent Stone-Cross

Get out and about in Kent Add to Your Support

As the weather gets warmer why not discover short strolls along paths through tranquil woodland or steep climbs along dramatic coastal tracks. Explore Kent has suggestions of over a hundred walks through stunning scenery; you’re bound to find a walk near you.  They have suggestions for short walks, guided walks and for the more adept challenging walks. To go to their website click here.

Explore Kent are also running the Explore Kent Challenge. The challenge is to walk the entire length of just one of Kent’s long distance paths. You don’t need to walk the whole route in one go, you can walk the route at your leisure. If you complete this challenge, you will be awarded the prestigious Explore Kent Challenge Certificate! To find out more click here.

Be Active is one of the Six Ways to Wellbeing, follow the link to find out more.

Flooding

Please take extra care when out in the countryside. Many paths in Kent are flooded or run alongside fast flowing water making walking and cycling difficult and it may not be possible to complete some journeys. Water could be contaminated with sewage in places.

Please refer to Environment Agency flood warnings.

 

Wheel to Wellbeing

Six Ways to Wellbeing – what are you doing? Add to Your Support

Why not take up one of the Six Ways to Wellbeing? The Six Ways to Wellbeing are small changes that can make a difference to your wellbeing and happiness. It could be something small like saying hello, giving way to another driver or pausing to look out of the window or it could be something longer term such as starting a hobby, recycling regularly or going for a walk every day.

The good news is, you’re probably doing a lot of these things already. And if you do a bit more, or get someone else to join in, so much the better!  Just have a look at our Facebook page www.facebook.com/LiveItWellKent. We’re starting to share wellbeing stories from all over Kent. We’d love yours as well.

The Six Ways to Wellbeing are:

To find out more watch the short film!

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No Smoking Kent

V for Victory on No Smoking Day Add to Your Support

March 12 is No Smoking Day.

Find out ways to stop smoking in Kent and Medway on No Smoking Day. Everybody has their own personal reason for wanting to give up smoking.  Some people give up as part of a larger lifestyle change – to be healthier, to get fit, or to save money.  For some, it’s more about how their smoking affects the people around them – their family, friends, and little ones.  Whatever your reason, thinking carefully about your motivation and keeping a reminder in key places can be really helpful for keeping you going through the tough times.

So if you want to take the first steps to quit smoking in Kent and Medway go to Live It Well’s Stop Smoking information.

A HEALTHIER YOU The benefits for your body when you stop smoking start straight away.
AFTER…

  • 20 MINUTES - Your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal
  • 8 – 24 HOURS - Nicotine and carbon monoxide start to leave your body and oxygen levels return to normal
  • 24 HOURS - Your lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris
  • 48 – 72 HOURS - Your sense of smell and taste both improve
  • 2 – 12 WEEKS - Exercise becomes easier and your breathing improves
  • 3 – 9 MONTHS - Any coughs, wheezing and breathing problems are reduced as your lungs repair
  • 1 YEAR - Your risk of coronary heart disease is now half that of a smoker

For more information and facts about No Smoking day follow the link: www.nosmokingday.org.uk

World Book Day 2014

World Book Day 6 March Add to Your Support

Now in its 17th year, World Book Day aims to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading.  World Book Day is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.
Why not celebrate World Book Day by getting down to your local library! If you live it Kent you can find out more by clicking here or if you live in Medwayclick here

Reading is one of the ways you can Keep Learning, one of the Six Ways to Wellbeing follow the links to find out more.

To find out more about World Book Day and to see all of the events that are happening click here.

Matthew is talking about how he remembers the books and stories he heard as a child, find out more by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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