Santa’s health advisor teaches children how to stay healthy in the run up to Christmas

Harry the Health Elf

The organisation that buys health services across the Fylde Coast has welcomed a fun new friend to help show young people how to stay healthy in the run up to Christmas.

This year the Fylde Coast clinical commissioning groups have enlisted the help of Santa’s own health advisor, Harry the health elf on a shelf to teach young people and their families how to stay well in the winter. Unlike his elf on a shelf cousins, who are notoriously naughty, Harry will be found having his flu vaccination, eating healthy hot meals, being active, looking after sick friends and lots of other key winter behaviours.

Schools across the Fylde Coast have been asked to share Harry’s adventures so that their pupils can learn all about how to stay safe and well. It’s hoped that the message will spread to their parents too.

Dr Neil Hartley-Smith, Clinical Director for the Fylde Coast CCGs and a local GP said: “Health services are notoriously busy in winter and it’s often children we see more frequently as they are more susceptible to coughs and colds. If we can teach them how to look after themselves and what to do if they do feel unwell we can hopefully spread that message to their parents too.

“Elf on a shelf has been a craze for a while and other places in the UK have used a health elf to make the most of the interest young people have in the adventures of the elf. This one is special in that he will only be doing healthy things. We’d love it if families could share the posts for us.”

As well as teaching children about staying healthy Harry will also be visiting some of the health services to see what they are up to and how they are working to help people if they become ill over winter.

He’s only around until Christmas Eve so keep an eye out on social media channels by following @fyldecoastccgs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and @blackpoolhosp on Facebook and Twitter or searching for #harryhealthelf.

If you’d like to find out more about Harry and perhaps share his adventures take a look here.