Self Care Week 2016 - understanding self care for life

Looking after our own health is becoming increasingly important. Where possible we can make positive changes to our lifestyle, taking charge of our own health to improve our overall wellbeing. 

Self Care Week starts on 14 November 2016 and aims to raise awareness about: 


  • how to keep fit and healthy.
  • how to deal with medicines appropriately.
  • how to manage self-treatable conditions.
  • when to seek clinical help.
  • understanding self care for life.

The event is run by the Self Care Forum and aims to help you become more knowledgeable about health and lifestyle options that will impact positively on your physical and mental wellbeing.

Did you know:

  • The number of units in a drink is based on the size of the drink, as well as its alcohol strength. For example, a pint of strong lager contains three units of alcohol, whereas the same volume of low-strength lager has just over two units.
  • Regularly consuming foods and drinks high in sugar increases your risk of obesity and tooth decay. Sugar intake is highest among children aged 11 to 18 years.
  • Pharmacists are a good source of advice for many ailments including: lower back pain, eczema, heartburn and indigestion, headaches and earaches to name but a few!
  • NHS Kingston offers a range of weight management programmes including the successful Weigh-2-Go programme and the Rosemary Conley referral scheme.

There is a range of information on our website which is a great place to start your journey in self care for life. You can also visit the NHS Choices Live Well website which has lots of useful information, case studies and articles about looking after your health in the best way possible.

Cllr Julie Pickering, Kingston Council's cabinet member with responsibility for health partnerships said:

 "Over recent years, our frontline health and social care services have seen a steady rise in appointments about routine ailments that could be self-treated or discussed with other health professionals like your local pharmacist. One in five visits to our GPs could be avoided, saving the NHS £2bn a year. It's vital that we all help ourselves to keep well as much as we can, both to maintain our own quality of life and to minimise the pressure on our local services this winter"

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