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‘Let’s Get Cooking’ Course a delightful success!

Staff and volunteers from 7 local schools, Braintree District Council and Greenfields Community Housing learnt how to run healthy cooking clubs for children in the district.


Full House at the highly successful ‘Keep Safe’ event for older residents of Witham 

A special free to attend ‘Live Well, Keep Safe’ day took place on Wednesday 4th October at Witham Public Hall from 10am-2.30pm.

Public Health England launch the Active10 app 

Public Health England have launched the free Active 10 app to get the nation active and reduce the risk of serious illnesses including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

September marks the 5th World Alzheimer's Month 

See what help is available for those with dementia and attend our special event on 21st September.

Know your Numbers Week

A blood pressure awareness campaign running from 18th to 24th September 2017.

Support Braintree Primary Schools - Tesco Bags of Help Voting Open

Witham and Braintree schools are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. 

Support your local schools, community groups and Family Hubs - voting ends 30th October!

The MOMA's are back - let's celebrate our stars of the community

Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched the Marvels of Mid Awards (MOMA’s) for the second year running to celebrate the stars of our community who help people to Live Well.

Get nominating now for the Active Braintree Sports and Physical Activity Awards 2017!   

Nominate your favourite sporting star or outstanding club.  Nominations close 6th October.

Voting open at Tesco stores in Braintree for 'Cook Well Eat Well' clubs in Braintree schools

You can support Beckers Green Primary School, Lyons Hall Primary School and John Bunyan Primary School and Nursery by using your Tesco voting token.

Love John Ray Park with improved Fitness Trail

Residents of Braintree will be treated to a new fitness trail, providing opportunities for free, fun, physical activity workouts. The equipment will provide residents with an affordable option to exercise outdoors.

Active Braintree’s Bocking & Blackwater 3k Fun Run a Resounding Success!

Braintree District Council is committed to improving the health & wellbeing of residents & has been working with partners Fusion Lifestyle & Active Braintree Network to tackle high obesity levels.

Success for first outdoor challenge for families in Braintree

The Xplorer event, funded by Sport England and British Orienteering, involved a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making that the whole family could enjoy together.

Co-op Donates Fruit and Veg to Richard De Clare School

Braintree District Council and Essex County Council are leading on an innovative project called Livewell Child with the aim to help children achieve a healthier weight in the Braintree District.

Sainsbury's supports Lyons Hall children to live well through Livewell Child

Sainsbury's in Braintree donates fruit and veg and a slow cooker to help children eat more healthily.

Clacton cancer survivor helps launch ‘Know the Signs’ campaign

A cancer survivor from Clacton is appealing to her local community to be aware of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer, following her diagnosis 8 years ago.

Event supporting older residents rated as valuable and informative by attendees

The Livewell Stay Safe event supporting residents stay safe out in the district and in their homes has been praised.

School children go the extra mile to stay healthy

Silver End School have a fun and active afternoon at the launch of their Daily Mile.  

Save a baby's life

Royal Life Saving Society to run a course at Braintree Swimming and Fitness. 

Active Hearts sessions to keep children healthy

A new and exciting programme called Active Hearts is being delivered by Fusion Lifestyle in Braintree District schools.

Livewell Stay Safe event

A free event for older residents to access important information in all in one place. 

Could you be a This Girl Can Ambassador

We want you to help us celebrate Active Women in Essex, highlighting that whatever your size, ability or experience, sport can be a fun & enjoyable part of every woman's life. 

50 Things To Do Before You're 5

Looking for things to do with the kids? Why not download our ultimate list of 50 things to do before you’re 5?

Initiative to tackle childhood obesity in the Braintree District

Campaign is working with primary schools to halt the rise of childhood obesity

#IfICanBD Competition

Win £25 Fusion Lifestyle vouchers and a fruit hamper with your physical activity pictures

Braintree District Dementia Action Alliance announce community events to support those with dementia and their carers 

There are a number of public events to mark Essex Dementia Day (20th Jan) to showcase the commitment to raise awareness, develop a dementia friendly community and transform the lives of people living with dementia. 

Braintree district residents overcome their barriers to get fit and live well for 2017

Braintree District Council is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of residents by working with Fusion Lifestyle and Active Braintree Network to tackle the district’s high obesity levels.

Fresh and fun new fitness trend is coming to the Braintree District

Clubbercise, which is storming the nation, is coming to the district.

Free pass to a Fusion Lifestyle class this January

Get your access all areas free pass for your local Fusion Lifestyle leisure centre. 

Re-think the drink in January

Get your 2017 off to a positive and healthy start by signing up for Dry January. 

Tea Dances start at Braintree Town Hall

From January 2017 the Town Hall is starting monthly tea dances. 

Be prepared for Christmas and order your repeat prescription now

As Christmas approaches, there are lots of things to think about and medication needs can often get forgotten.

Great Notley Country park survey

The Great Notley Country Park is a great place to visit, whether it is with your family and the children, to take on the Sky Ropes course, or just to enjoy the outdoor space and wildlife.

Council sweeps the board at Essex Playing Field Awards

The quality and upkeep of playing fields across the Braintree District have been recognised at the Essex Playing Field Awards.

Lung cancer is curable – if you catch it early enough

Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants to make everyone aware of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer and help improve the rates of early diagnosis.

Grow your mo this Movember

Help stop our men dying too young. Join the movement. 

What to do when your child is ill

Parents, grandparents and carers in Mid Essex are invited to free NHS events aimed at providing information and advice about common childhood illnesses. 

More than 500,000 children in the East of England to be offered vaccination against flu

Public Health England and NHS England have launched a campaign to help children and the vulnerable stay well over the winter months. 

Support to stop smoking this Stoptober

Take part in this year's stop smoking challenge. 

New support for pupils with speech and language difficulties

Primary school pupils with speech and language difficulties in mid Essex will benefit from extra support.

£85 million investment for Special Schools in Essex

Essex County Council is set to spend about £85million creating more than 400 new special school places across Essex.

Vote for Great Notley Country Park

Vote for Great Notley Country Park in the Green Flag, People's Choice award.

More people walking and cycling thanks to rejuvenated paths

A report which looks at the health benefits of the rejuvenated Bocking Blackwater nature reserve has been published. The new and improved walkways and cycle paths behind the Fairview Estate in Braintree have led to 58 per cent of people walking more often and 33 per cent of people cycling more often.

#GetYouOutdoors competition

Enter our #GetYouOutdoors competition before the end of August for your chance to win £50 voucher. 

Nominate your sporting hero 

Do you know an individual or club who shows great determination and commitment towards sport & physical activity? Nominate them for the Active Braintree Sports & Physical Activity Awards now.  

Marvels of Mid Awards

Do you know an individual or a group that has gone above and beyond in helping local people Live Well? Have they had a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of residents across mid Essex? If so, nominate them now for the Marvels of Mid Awards organised by Mid Essex CCG. 

Sky Ropes celebrates its First Birthday

Sky Ropes at Great Notley Country Park is celebrating its first birthday by entering anyone who visits Sky Ropes from 27 July to 7 August into a prize draw to win a six month car parking season ticket and two Sky Ropes tickets.

Essex County Council welcomes extra money for GP services

Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health has welcomed NHS England’s newly announced transformation plan.

Essex residents set to benefit from improved sensory services

Six voluntary sector organisations have been awarded grants totalling £165,000 to assist residents with sensory needs across Essex

Why joining that round could give you a hangover

Sometimes it’s difficult to say no to another after-work-drink in the sun, and even easier to lose track of how many you’ve had.

How to cope in hot weather

Although many of us enjoy the sunshine and look forward to a good summer, very high temperatures and humidity can present some people with a greater risk of serious harm to their health.

#GetYouOutdoors competition

Fresh air doesn’t cost a thing so get children outdoors!

As the summer holidays begin across the country in a few weeks, parents can use this time wisely to encourage their children to be active to spend more time playing outdoors.

Mid Essex Exercise Referral Scheme

The Mid Essex Exercise Referral Scheme is a partnership between Braintree District Council, health professionals,Provide, NHS Health and Fusion Lifestyle.

The discounted 12 week program is designed to guide and support individuals who want to increase activity levels. Participants will take part in a 12 week personalised exercise program, overseen by qualified Exercise Referral exercise specialists. The aim is to prevent and manage long term illness or injury and improve health.

£250 million investment to tackle inactivity

Active Essex has welcomed plans for a £250 million investment to address inactivity as outlined in Sport England’s Towards an Active Nation strategy.

The strategy supports recent discussions held at an Active Essex political member’s event where Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP, spoke of the need for collaborative working across all levels of local Government in order to address inactivity in Greater Essex.

Community Agents

Community agents is a countywide network of volunteers that support older people and informal carers to develop independent living solutions within their local communities.