As temperatures drop, it is important people keep warm and well. Cold weather can kill and lead to serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes or pneumonia – those who are 65 or over, or who have a chronic health condition, are particularly at risk.
Embracing Self Care for Life is the theme of Self Care Week, the annual initiative which aims to help you stay healthy for your whole life.
Self Care Week takes place 13 – 19 November and is run by the Self Care Forum. The Self Care Forum aims to further the reach of self care and embed it into everyday life. It promotes improved awareness of services such as local pharmacies for minor ailments and advice about medications; flu vaccinations and improved management of long term conditions such as respiratory and heart conditions.
Over 140 people from across the NHS, statutory and voluntary sectors attended this year’s Sandwell and West Birmingham Equality Awards, which were held at Villa Park, the home of Aston Villa FC.
The awards, run by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), brought together local people and organisations to recognise and celebrate the outstanding work to address inequalities in health and well-being in the Sandwell and West Birmingham community.
Beat the Street (pictured right) was the winner of the People’s Choice Award, which champions local groups and organisations that make a difference by reducing health inequalities in the community.
Khalsa Ladies Group, which includes women aged 25-75, was launched to take part in Sandwell Beat the Street this year. Many of the women had not been involved in any physical activity at all. The project was introduced to get more women from diverse communities physically active, in particular women with long term health conditions such as Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease.