Self Care week

Bradford and Craven will launch a packed week of Self Care activities and information events to show how everyone can live healthily and well from Monday, 16 November.

Bradford Council, the three local NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs): Airedale, Wharefdale and Craven, Bradford City and Bradford Districts and the third sector, have jointly coordinated the programme, which runs from 16-22November.

Self Care Week is an innovative partnership approach to empower people to look after their own health and wellbeing, and that of their family, to live well and as healthily as possible.

The theme for the week is ‘Self Care for Life’. It’s designed to help raise awareness with people about how they can safely treat minor ailments such as colds or fever, as well as how they can also live healthily and prevent avoidable but more serious problems with long term conditions such as Type 2 diabetes or heart disease.

Self Care Week brings together organisations and agencies from across the districts of Bradford and Craven.

Events taking place during the week have been created to offer tips on living healthily and well – ranging from a conga in City Park, to wellbeing café events and more.

Advice will be on hand throughout the week at community venues, GP surgeries, parkruns, schools and libraries.

On Tuesday 17 November, a conga will be held in City Park led by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr. Joanne Dodds. You can check your fitness at the pop-up gym, play games and learn about healthy bodies on the Life Education bus and meet the HALE bus team who will be on hand to provide information and advice.

Dr Taz Aldawoud, GP and clinical board member at NHS Bradford Districts CCG, leading on self-care, said: “When people take good care of their own health it has benefits for everyone. They spend less time at the GP and other appointments and get more enjoyment out of life. Our local hospitals save time and money, especially as they will be under increasing pressure during the winter months.

“Empowering patients with the confidence and information to look after themselves when they can, and only visit their GP when they need to, gives people greater control of their own health and encourages healthy behaviours that help prevent ill health in the long-term. It’s a win-win situation.”

Marilyn Foster Chair of the Self Care and Prevention Board said “If we work together it will help us all to lead a more fulfilled and healthy life. We can improve our lives by making small adjustments to our diet, exercise, and even more social contact can make a difference. It doesn’t take a huge effort to achieve positive change.

Cllr Ralph Berry, Portfolio Holder for Health and Social Care said: "Self Care Week is a joint ambition shared by the Council and health partners to enable people to be healthy, well and independent. The many events taking place across the districts of Bradford and Craven aim to excite, inspire and involve people.

“Being active for just 30 minutes a day, five times a week can have a huge impact on being healthy and well. Self Care Week will demonstrate all the ways people can take control of their health for life.”

For details of what’s on and where, visit: http://www.bradford.gov.uk/bmdc/health_well-being_and_care/adult_care/self_care_week

The national awareness campaign is run by the Self Care Forum. The aim for the week is for people-facing organisations such as GP surgeries, CCGs, pharmacies, dentists, local authorities and the voluntary and community sector, to use it as a focus to increase people’s ability to self-care and improve their understanding of health.