The small changes are meant to be things people can commit to throughout the year, not just during the week. Suggestions for changes people can make include:
- cutting down the amount of sugar in your tea and coffee
- taking a brisk walk for ten minutes a day
- keeping a day alcohol free each week
- having an extra portion of fruit and vegetables
- quitting smoking.
Making a change is always easier when it’s done together and individuals are also asked to make pledges with family, friends or work colleagues if they can and share them on social media using #make1change
Cllr Val Slater, Deputy Leader of Bradford Council and portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: “We often take our own health for granted and it is only when we get ill or have an accident that we realise how important it is to look after yourself.
“Whether you are eight or 80, anyone can make a small change to their lifestyle to improve your own life and it’s never too late to make a change.
“By doing something now, it means you are more likely to live a longer, healthier and happier life which benefits everyone in the long run.”
Dr Waheed Hussain, GP and clinical board member at NHS Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and lead for self-care and prevention, said: “There are things we can all do to make sure we take good care of ourselves and stay healthy.
“Self-care week is a great opportunity to learn more about the steps you can take to lead a happy and healthy life, both physically and in terms of your mental wellbeing. So whether that’s managing a long-term health condition or supporting a friend or loved one with their health or care needs, come along and find out more about the support available.
“We hope as many people as possible take this opportunity to have a look at the information being shared throughout the week or to stop by one of the many events, a healthy community benefits everyone.”
Steve Gascoyne, Head of Adult Community Health Services at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: "The events will be organised by Bradford Council, NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, Bradford City and Bradford Districts clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), the Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Airedale Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and a number of other business and charities."
You can find out more about self care week by downloading the programme of events here.