International Self-Care Day (ISD) on 24 July each year provides a focus and opportunity to raise the profile of healthy lifestyle self-care programmes around the world. ISD has been running since 2011. ISF congratulates and encourages all stakeholders in health who have used International Self-Care Day in responsible ways to further the cause of healthy lifestyles and wellness.
In 2014 ISF is particularly proud to note the Resolution in the Senate of the United States designating July 24, 2014 as “International Self-Care Day” (Senate Resolution 515 of the 113th Congress), and thanks all involved with this achievement. ISF’s ultimate aim is for ISD to be formally recognised by the United Nations as an official commemorative day.
Since 2011 self-care activities linked to ISD have been organised around the world, in countries as far apart as China, Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland, Vietnam and the United States. Some countries – the UK and Canada – have organised self-care weeks. ISD-related activities have been focused on youth (e.g. a poster design competition, mob flash dance, and concerts), seniors (community involvement programmes, physical examination programmes), the general public (public lectures, expert advice, sponsored public walks, football and golf matches, tai chi classes), occupational health, pharmacy (poster campaign, pharmacy manager training), research (on self-care habits and behaviour), and the media (media events, newspaper and journal articles).