Better Care

Healthy lifestyle message in a bottle

A series of healthy lifestyle promotion initiatives has been launched with the creation of BCHC-branded water bottles as ‘giveaway’ gifts for young people in care.

Children attending the St Stephen’s Centre, Handsworth will each be given one of the complimentary bottles as a reminder of the health benefits of drinking plenty of water.

Children in care team admin manager Jaime Hindmarsh (pictured, centre) said: “When children come for their medicals, it’s a good opportunity to reinforce key messages about healthy lifestyles, particularly when they may have missed some of the routine appointments and health checks.

“We had the idea of ordering the bottles and they’ve been very well received by children and their carers.”

Jaime said the team now plans to focus on promoting a different aspect of healthy lifestyles every month or so.

The children in care team is made up of six nurses, four nursing assistants and six admin staff. The 2,000-plus children in care in Birmingham are more likely to have missed school, routine health screening and immunisations, due to relatively frequent changes of residence.

BCHC’s children in care team provides a health plan, gives missing immunisations, screens for potential emotional wellbeing concerns and refers or signposts to other health services as required.

Children in care team water bottles