Fishermen in Cornwall urged to ‘know your numbers’ as part of Men’s Health Week

Fishermen in Cornwall are being encouraged to know the important numbers relating to their health with help from a Healthy Cornwall check-up service from Cornwall Council.

The Men’s Health Forum campaign to “know your numbers” focusses on specific numbers all men should be aware of that relate to their overall health and wellbeing. These include your blood pressure, fruit and veg intake and the amount of cigarettes you smoke and alcohol you drink.

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Cornwall Council public health consultant Ruth Goldstein said: “It can be especially difficult for fishermen to keep track of their health as they often work long hours and are dependent on tide times so may not be able to access normal health services.

“They are also more likely to keep any health worries to themselves and find it difficult to find the time to visit the doctor on top of all the other pressures on their time.”

The outreach sessions will take place at different ports, with a range of support services on offer, from physiotherapy to NHS health checks, MacMillan skin cancer advice and advice from the Fishermen’s Mission.

Dates for the diary are:

  • Friday 14 June – Fisherman’s Shack, Newlyn
  • Monday 17 June – Wheelhouse, Mevagissey
  • Tuesday 18June – Memorial Hall, Padstow
  • Wednesday 19 June – Fisherman’s Mission, Newquay
  • Friday 21 June – Fisherman’s Shack, Newlyn

All sessions will take place from 7am until 2pm.

To find out more about the campaign visit the Men’s Health Forum website.

You can also find a range of support and information on the Healthy Cornwall website. 

Keeping people healthy is one of Cornwall Council’s priorities, making sure people in Cornwall have better health outcomes, working with partners to shape future health and care services.

Another service that is currently available for fishermen is the Seafit programme. This service provides support to fishermen and their families in Newlyn, motivating and supporting them to lead a healthier lifestyle.

The Healthy Lifestyle Advice service is available to all fishermen and their families in Newlyn. A drop-in takes place every Tuesday from 7am-12.30pm at the Fisherman’s Shack. There’s no need to book, just turn up. There’s also a drop-in at Harbourside Physiotherapy every Monday from 2pm-6pm.

Posted on 13 June