Your life: your responsibility
Health bosses will today (Monday) spell out the need for Manx residents to take lifelong responsibility for their own health and well-being.
A week-long awareness campaign Self Care for Life will carry the message: healthy lifestyle choices help you avoid many long-term conditions.
Staff and volunteers who promote self-care across the Island will start the week in the foyer at Noble's Hospital this lunchtime.
Preventing the onset of serious conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease by keeping fit and healthy, is at the heart of the government's five year health strategy.
It says obesity, poor diet, smoking and drinking too much alcohol are key areas where lifestyle changes play a major role in preventing early death and ill health.
Opportunities are on offer throughout the week for people to explore the importance of self care, and find out how in practice, they can do something positive.
There'll be pointers on where to go for advice and support and tomorrow (Tues 17 Nov) a walking netball taster session for men and women at all stages of fitness will be on offer at the NSC.