According to WHO (1998) ‘Self-Care is what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health, and to prevent and deal with illness. It is a broad concept encompassing hygiene (general and personal), nutrition (type and quality of food eaten), lifestyle (sporting activities, leisure etc), environmental factors (living conditions, social habits, etc.) socio-economic factors (income level, cultural beliefs, etc.) and self-medication.’
Self-Care is in fact the common thing people do and the responsible decisions they make every day, to prevent disease and treat minor ailments like coughs/colds, heartburn, headaches, allergies and bug bites.
Every year, theWSMI network supports International Self-Care Day in a particular country or region. The objective is to tell people around the world about the importance of self-care for themselves, their families and to a sustainable healthcare system. This year, CHP Canada has developed messages in English and in French about Self-Care, what people can do for their health, and about the role of non-prescription medicines and natural health products to safely manage one’s own health and the health of their families.
Join us in celebrating International Self-Care Day!