HAN Week 2020

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Home Artificial Nutrition Awareness (HAN) week starts on 3 August 2020 - a week dedicated to raising awareness about essential nutritional treatments; oral supplements, enteral and parenteral nutrition. Life-saving nutrition treatments received by people living in the community, at home, not in a hospital.

 

We want to start by thanking people who planned events but have had to postpone them due to the current situation. We hope that these can take place once the world is a safer place. However, despite the fund-raising activities being postponed, as well as the face-to-face meetings being cancelled, we are pushing full steam ahead with our HAN week activities.

Everyone!

You may be a patient benefiting from it, a spouse/partner supporting someone receiving it, a healthcare professional providing care for someone, an individual who works in the nutrition industry; involved in the provision of nutrition solutions, equipment or services - you all have a part in the unique journey and a story to share!

The process for HAN requires input from a wide range of people; each one vital to the delivery of the nutrition solutions and services to people dependent on this life-saving nutrition.

Pre HAN week:

 

People on HAN/carer/parent, plan to tell your/your child’s personal story
  • Write a short piece about your personal experience or make a video. Keep it short but relevant to raising awareness. You can share it on social media, contact a local radio show or newspaper and tell them about the life-saving treatment that provides your/your child's nutrition and hydration.
  • Explain how you/your child 'eat and drink' in a different way.
  • While sharing this, try to explain some positive messages that may trigger interest; have you/they achieved personal goals, returned to work/school/education, fulfilled a dream or basically beaten all odds and returned home to the life you craved? 
  • Be prepared to be interviewed or take further questions.
  • Attach some photos to depict your story, select images carefully.
  • Tell them you are part of a wider campaign and send/attach or use the HAN logo which you can find below.
  • If you are a carer/parent/partner of someone on HAN; tell your story too! You are vital to the day-to-day lives of those on HAN. It affects you too!
If you manage to gain any media coverage, do let us know and try to mention PINNT please.
 
Plan a fund raising/education event
  • If you plan to do a fund-raising event you will need to be creative in these current times. Remember there has been a lot of fund-raising during the pandemic but that does not mean people will not support you.  
  • Fund-raising does not always need to be about large sums of money, aim small – use a possible fund-raising event as part of raising awareness. Use a social media platform to possibly share your story and ask people to support a quiz night which you could host in aid of PINNT.
  • Whatever you do make it fun and encourage participants to ask questions if you host any kind of event around your feeding, keep things simple so people are engaged; remember feeding can be fun.

HAN week:

  • Be proactive and share PINNT posts from our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.
  • Donate your Facebook profile photo to support HAN week, see more information about this in the bullet point list below.
  • Donate your time to following the week’s events; money is not the only way to donate and support HAN week.
  • Join in with the competitions and other events planned, be part of our PINNT family during an important week.

HAN involves a lot of people and processes. Each interaction is vital to the end delivery of feeding solutions and products. If you are a healthcare professional, an industry friend or colleague, or an associated professional group then we encourage you to share your involvement with HAN.

  • Join in by promoting your role with HAN.
  • You make a big difference to our members; you are a vital role to the bigger picture of HAN!
  • We need you; we value you and we seek your support during HAN week.
  • Tell people all about your role; prepare information to share amongst colleagues or host a social media event to ask colleagues to share contributions too. Use HAN week to recognise how you play a vital role in the overall delivery of HAN.
  • Be creative – think about an awareness event to challenge colleagues, sharing more about HAN or possibly share insight into how it may be for a person on HAN

Each day will bring different activities or launches. We appreciate everyone will engage on a different level or activity, so we hope to bring a cross section of information, something that should appeal to everyone.

Keep a close eye on the website or social media for daily updates.

 
What we can share is the following:
 
  • Ezekiel challenges you to… – a 7-year-old who is enterally fed will challenge you to set yourself a small challenge. Remember, our theme is still ‘This is Me’ and you are unique, everyone has different levels of ability. During HAN week Ezekiel will be pleased to hear about your personal challenge.

  • Gary’s’ off road 375 cycle challenge – we will be waving Gary off on his off-road event which will depart virtually from Christchurch, (PINNT’s HQ) to Durham where we should have been meeting for our annual gathering. His six-day challenge will be featured as he pedals his way north-bound to Durham.

  • ‘This is Me!’ photo competition – new for 2020! This will be announced during HAN week.

  • Donate your Facebook profile photo to PINNT by replacing it with the official This is Me!’ image on Facebook or upload the overlay to show support for HAN week.

  • Themed days - as well as our overall theme of ‘This is Me!’

  • Homecare – we will be promoting our fabulous homecare services which have been key to allowing people on HAN to live in their own homes. A service not always available to people on HAN around the world.

  • ‘This is Me’ personal profile story – this will be shared at the start of HAN week. 
  • Go Green!
     
This is not a complete list of events; other events and activities will be announced – we want to keep a few surprises!
 
There is potential for a virtual drop-in event on the day that we should have been meeting in Durham for our annual gathering. Further details to be announced once confirmed.

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