The largest range of events in the history of Self Care Week has been established for this year’s event (13 – 19 November) in the Bradford district and Craven.
Highlights of the week include events at the Kirkgate Shopping centre with Billy Bantam and the Lord Mayor (Tuesday 14 November) and pop-up shops in the Airedale shopping centre, Keighley, throughout the week.
There are also events in Skipton, Shipley and Bingley to help people understand how simple lifestyle choice can make a big difference to their quality of life in the future..
The aim of the week is ensure residents get the information they need to live a better and healthier life by making sure they look after themselves.
People across Bradford and Craven are also being urged to take the Make One Change challenge for this year’s Self Care week.
By taking part in the challenge, it is hoped people will be empowered to take control of their health and feel better for making a change.
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.
Cllr Val Slater, portfolio holder for Health and Wellbeing for Bradford Council, 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: “Winter can be a tough time for people and have a negative effect on our health. We want to support people stay well over winter which is why our teams are out and about during self-care week advising people how to stay physically and mentally well this winter.
“Members of our district nursing and health visiting teams will be on hand at the shopping centre events to answer your questions and give advice around taking care of your, and your family’s health over the winter period.
“They will also be sharing their top tips for staying well such as keeping warm and making sure you keep all bedroom windows closed throughout the night.”
The events will be organised by Bradford Council, the districts three Clinical Commissioning Groups, the Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Airedale General Hospital and a number of other business and charities.