Healthy Hackney

If you'd like to improve your diet, be more active or take up a new hobby, Healthy Hackney can help you.

Fitness classes

Current timetable

Our One You community fitness classes take place in community venues across the borough. They're just £2 and are aimed at residents and people who work in Hackney, from children to older adults.

They run alongside the national Public Health England One You campaign to encourage residents to get fitter, eat healthier and feel better and they're open to all Hackney residents. With over 60 classes per week on 26 estates in Hackney there's something for everyone from Box Fit to Zumba, kids' karate to family street dance.

You can find and book your class on the new OpenPlay app or register at the centre.

For free activities for hackney residents aged 50+, see New Age Games. For more information call Henry Muss on 020 8356 6326 or email

Why exercise?

Regular physical activity can reduce your risk of breast cancer by up to 20%, dementia, depression and colon cancer by up to 30%, cardiovascular disease by up to 35%, type 2 diabetes by up to 40% and hip fractures by up to 68% - Public Health England.

Hear from resident Dessy about what motivated her to take part in the programme:

Find a class with the new OpenPlay app

Live or work in Hackney? Find and book a £2 fitness class at your local community centre with the new OpenPlay app for Android, OpenPlay app for Apple or visit OpenPlay. Please pay your £2 at the venue - the app does not take payments.

Free cook and eat courses

Want to eat well but feel limited by budget, inspiration or cooking skills? Our fun and supportive One You classes can help inspire you to cook affordable, nutritious food for you or your family. Taking place over 6 weeks the courses cover a range of techniques and recipes. The sessions are aimed at adults and families and end with a sit down meal you prepare. Courses are free and booking is essential.

They're delivered by local providers including Made in Hackney and Shoreditch Trust. To book your place on a free course contact:, 020 8442 4266 or, 020 7033 8529.

Free family cooking club

Join Shoreditch Trust's Food for Life team for a weekly family cooking club. Try new food, develop your cooking skills and get the kids cooking. Stamford Hill Community Centre (N16 6RZ), every Tuesday, 4-6pm, from 30 July to 3 Sept. Book your place on or 020 7033 8540.

Cook and eat sessions at Redmond Community Centre

Made In Hackney will be cooking up delicious, vegan banquets. Come in and help prepare this tasty feast and meet new people from your area.

  • Friday sessions, 4-7pm: 12 July

Redmond Community Centre, Kayani Avenue, Hackney N4 2HF. For more information email or call 8442 4266. Donations welcome but not essential.

Free community meals

Weekly One You food surplus community lunches and dinners that are open to residents. Come along for a delicious freshly cooked meal from food that's been donated rather than wasted. You can also volunteer to help prepare or help set up the meals:

Community Connections

Community Connections is a Shoreditch Trust project that can support you to access activities and groups in the community to improve your wellbeing and social connections.

You can meet a community coordinator one-to-one to talk about your priorities and they can support you to address them.

You might be interested in reconnecting with or meeting new people, discovering local places, learning a new skill or improving your wellbeing.

We have an extended pathway for people who are 50+, who are experiencing social isolation. We provide long term support to increase social connections.   

To find out more please contact:

Clapton Green Gym

Fridays, 10.45am-2pm - meet outside Nye Bevan Lower Community Hall, Overbury Street, E5 0AW  

Now a constituted community group, Clapton Green Gym (formerly Hackney Green Gym) meet every Friday.  The group works across Millfields Parks and The Middlesex Filter Beds Nature Reserve and Millfields Park.

Volunteering is free, simple and no experience is necessary. It is ideal for learning new practical skills such as gardening, construction, and conservation.  For more information, or to join, please contact

Health Heroes primary school grants programme

We have been piloting the Health Heroes project in several of the borough's primary schools since 2013/14 and have tested a number of interventions from food growing and gardening, to playground zoning and lunch-time sports activities. 

We also launched a new grants programme, where schools can bid for match funding to run projects to help create healthy weight environments within schools by either increasing physical activity, or improving access to and/or knowledge of healthy food.

The first round of grants applications have now closed. If you require any additional information please contact Read the Health Heroes evaluation report [pdf, 994.56KB].

Health, exercise and nutrition for the really young (HENRY)

HENRY is a free 8-week healthy lifestyle and parenting programme for parents and carers with 0-5 year olds. Sessions run in venues across Hackney. For more information please tel: 07519 109 876, or email:

Social prescribing service

Improve your health and wellbeing with our social prescribing service, giving you access to activities, social groups, services and advice, based on your needs and interests. Make an appointment today and speak to a family action wellbeing co-ordinator who works at your local GP surgery in Hackney - ring Family Action on 0207 249 8109.

Get Hackney Healthy

We've developed two documents as part of our cross-cutting Get Hackney Healthy work, which aims to promote healthy lifestyles for children and families.

The early years settings and children's centre healthy weight guidance helps early years settings create environments where children can maintain a healthy weight and provides information on our healthy living and obesity services and advice on how to evaluate any services you commission.

The Hackney childhood obesity framework: 0-5 provides a vision for working in partnership to reduce childhood obesity and includes national and local data alongside information on healthy weight services available for under 5s across the system.


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