Choose self care for life - choose to invest in your future self

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.

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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.

The closing date for entries is Monday 19 November 2018 Download an entry pack here

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.

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 – messages that 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 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:

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