Teaching self care to children

NHS Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group is inviting primary schools and youth organisations to enter a competition to design bunting associated with self care as part of national self care celebrations.

Our Happy Healthy You self care competition is sponsored by Everyone Active, Basildon Sporting Village and Brentwood Leisure Trust.

Together we are increasing children’s awareness about their future health and wellbeing in the run up to Self Care Week (12 – 18 November) by helping them see that making small changes can make a big difference.
Each piece of bunting that children design will be entered into a competition for schools and youth organisations in Basildon and Brentwood.

There is one prize for schools and youth organisations in the borough of Basildon and one prize for school and youth organisations in the borough of Brentwood.

The winning entries be chosen by healthcare leaders, patient group members and representatives from Everyone Active and Brentwood Leisure Trust.

The winning child from the borough of Basildon will receive a pool party for their class or youth organisation (maximum 30 children) plus £50 for their school or youth organisation.

The winning child from the borough of Brentwood will receive an outdoor football party for their class or youth organisation (maximum 30 children) plus £50 for their school or youth organisation.

Entries

The closing date for entries is Monday 19 November 2018.
Visit the CCG website at https://basildonandbrentwoodccg.nhs.uk/ to download an entry pack.

Choosing Self Care for Life is about making improvements in your life to protect your physical health and mental wellbeing.

Dr Anita Pereira, the CCG’s clinical lead for self care, said: ‘Self care is important throughout our lives. Encouraging children to look after themselves from a young age will mean they are a lot less likely to get diseases later on in life.
“Self care is about keeping as active

as possible, eating healthily, learning how to relax and how to cope with emotions that are sometimes difficult. These messages apply to adults just as much as young people.

“Self care is also about learning to manage minor ailments with confidence by getting advice from your local pharmacist and the nhs.uk website.

“If you have a long term condition, self care means developing an understanding of how your condition affects your life, how to cope with your symptoms and when to seek help from a pharmacist, nurse or GP.”

During Self Care Week, and everyday choose Self Care for Life and make self care your life-long habit.

For more information on local activities for Self Care Week visit: www.selfcareweek.org.uk

Post your entries to Self Care Week Competition, NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG, Phoenix House, Christopher Martin Road, Basildon
SS14 3HG

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