Newham residents can improve their health during self-care week

Medics are urging residents to learn how to take control of their own health as part of a national drive this week from November 18 to 24.

Self-care week is about supporting people to keep fit and healthy, as well as knowing how to take medicines, treat minor ailments and seeking help when it is needed.

NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting self-care week and encouraging residents to use the week as an opportunity to look at their own health care.

The NHS Choices website provides information about how everyone can use self-care to improve their health and wellbeing. It includes:

• losing weight

• getting fit

• stopping smoking

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• cutting down on alcohol

• eating more healthily

• managing common ailments yourself

Dr Zuhair Zarifa, Chair of NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The first defence against ill health is self-care. Looking after yourself and keeping fit and healthy can make all the difference in avoiding poor health, especially at this time of year.

“Simple steps and basic self-care can make you feel fitter, healthy and help fight off those winter bugs. Additionally for those will long-term health conditions understanding how to manage your condition and look after your health will improve their overall quality of life and well-being.

“As local GPs responsible for most local NHS services, we want to make sure people get care closer to home where it is needed. The first step, however, is always to make sure you look after your own health so local people should use this week and the information available as an opportunity to find out more.”

Dr Jim Lawrie, board member of NHS Newham CCG and a GP, said: “If you are aged between 40 and 70 your GP can offer you a ‘’heart MOT’’ every five years. If you have not yet had your check, ask your practice if you can book a vascular screening appointment.”

Find out more on NHS Newham CCG website: