Youngsters invited to learn about self care through competition

YOUNGSTERS in the borough are being invited to raise their awareness of their future health and wellbeing by taking part in a competition.

Next week is Self Care Week and NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is inviting primary schools to enter a competition to design bunting associated with self care.

Jane Foster-Taylor, Chief Nurse for NHS Thurrock CCG said:?“It’s never too early or too late to begin to make small, simple changes that will enhance and protect your health now and, in the future. Often one small change will make a big difference to your wellbeing.

“For instance, choosing to become more active will not only improve your physical health, it will also boost your mood.

“We are increasing children’s awareness about Self Care Week (12 – 18 November) by helping them see that making small changes can make a big difference.”

The competition is open to individual classes in schools across Thurrock and one class will be selected as a winner. Classes should enter by Sunday 18 November 2018.

Each child from the winning class will receive a voucher for a free swim at Impulse Leisure with a paying adult and a free swim lesson assessment card. The winning class will receive an opportunity to experience a fun Fitness Class run by fully qualified staff from Impulse Leisure. This will be subject to availability and the winning school will need to discuss preferred dates so that Impulse Leisure can arrange to have the instructors for the class.

Schools can download an entry pack, along with a range of information, resources and activities about self care at: http://www.thurrockccg.nhs.uk/news/events-page/self-care-for-schools

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

Follow these small steps to a healthier you:

  • Get active; advice is to exercise for at least twenty minutes a day, it’s ideal if you can incorporate this into your day by ditching the car and walking to work, or walking the dog, taking the stairs or even dancing around the kitchen table to your favourite songs!
  • Eat well. We all know that healthy eating is crucial to our health so we can start by swapping unhealthy snacks for healthy options such as nuts, seeds and fruit. Ask your pharmacist for advice on managing your weight.
  • Make positive changes! Take steps to stop those bad habits that don’t serve you well. This Self Care Week make a plan to stop smoking, reduce alcohol intake and get active! Your pharmacist can help with lifestyle changes such as weight management and stop smoking services.
  • Rest. A good’s night’s sleep is as essential to our health and wellbeing as eating healthily and exercising so, make sure you get the recommended 7-8 hours a night!
  • Stop! These days we lead have such busy lives that we sometimes forget to slow down and stop.  Find time in your day to just quieten your mind. Mindfulness or yoga might be helpful.

Mike Baden, CEO Impulse Leisure adds “Setting up good habits from when children are young, keeping as active as possible and making it fun, will help them to become healthy adults.”

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

Download the CCG’s Self Care Week competition materials, there’s even a Selfie Frame you can cut out and use on the week! http://www.thurrockccg.nhs.uk/news/events-page/self-care-for-schools

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