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International Self-Care Day 2014

On 24 July 2014, the expanding global movement to promote self-care and healthy lifestyles celebrated International Self-Care Day (ISD) with, for the first time in the history of ISD, an event in the United-States. Sponsored by CHPA, WSMI member association in the US, the event highlighted to US policy makers the value of self-care and the role of non-prescription products as self-care tools. During the event the audience was informed that the US Senate passed a resolution to agree with designating 24th July as the International Self-Care Day to celebrate that day each year the value of self-care and to promote self-care to be practised 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Erica Mann, WSMI Chair and president of Bayer Healthcare’s Consumer Care division said: “International Self-Care Day is an opportunity to highlight the importance of making self-care a lifelong habit. There has never been a more urgent need to focus the world’s attention on the importance of better self-care. Empowering consumers and patients to become active shapers of their health and well-being is the single most effective, common-sense way to improve health, reduce healthcare costs and relieve the growing burden on health professionals.”

Ms Erica Mann addressing the audience

Dr. Gerald Dziekan, MD, MSc, and WSMI Director-General said: “Designating the 24th of July as International Self-Care Day in the US is an important step in recognizing the self-care value. The benefits of self-care are well-documented, but we’ve only begun to harness its enormous potential to improve individual health and make healthcare more sustainable (…) The benefits are manifest.  Even incremental adoption of a few simple measures can have a dramatic, even life-saving impact.  In fact, studies show 80% of heart diseases, strokes and diabetes and over a third of cancers could be prevented if self-care was widely practiced worldwide.” Studies reveal that six in 10 deaths globally are caused by chronic diseases, many of which can be prevented when consumers have the tools to understand, practice and benefit from self-care. This is a marked shift from generations past, when infectious diseases were the primary health threat.  Along with ageing populations, chronic disease is expected to drive health care costs to some $47 trillion by 2030, according to the World Economic Forum. [view the WSMI Press Release]

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