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Public Health Campaigns

A wide range of public health campaigns are run each year. This is to increase awareness and understanding, and support action around key priorities. These include

  • helping people to stop smoking
  • increasing phsyical activity levels
  • improving mental health and
  • reducing harmful levels of drinking
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Most local campaigns are run by our Healthy Cornwall service. They are out working in our local communities every day. You can find out more about what Healthy Cornwall is doing in your area. They can provide free, friendly advice on what opportunities are available:

There are also a number of national campaigns and resources available from Public Health England. These include:

  • Change4Life (healthy weight)
  • Stay Well This Winter (keeping people safe, well and warm in winter)

Public Health Cornwall also develop specific campaigns in response to identified local health and wellbeing priorities. Please use the links below to find materials produced by the team:

  • Bogcasts. A series of short animations encourgaing men to talk about their health, and ideas of where to get help.
  • Breastfeeding Support. A Facebook Messenger bot that provides support for breastfeeding mums 24/7. It can answer questions and provide support - whatever time of day you're feeding a baby.
  • Central Heating Fund. Cornwall Council secured central government funding of £1.3m to be spent installing brand new central heating in homes that needed it.... now replaced by the Warm and Well Cornwall fund.
  • Cover Up, Mate.  Men who work outside or play sports outdoors for prolonged periods of time are being encourgaged to wear sun screen and Cover Up their skin. This is to protect against skin cancer.
  • Dad Pad – a resource for first-time dads to support them in preparing to become a new parent and caring for their baby.
  • Don't Flush Your Life Away.  Men are more likely to take their own life than women. Our campaign (designed to get attention while in a toilet) is letting men people care about them, and it's OK to talk about how they feel.
  • Free NHS Health Checks. Working together to improve your health
    Everyone is at risk of developng heart disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney disease.  The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented - even if you have a history of them in your family.  Have your free NHS Health check and you will be better prepared for the future and be able to take steps to maintain or improve your health.
  • HIV Testing Week.  Cornwall now has one of the lowest rates of new HIV diagnosis across England and the rate of late diagnosis, which has been a problem in Cornwall for some years, is now dropping faster than the national rate. However, late diagnosis is still a problem.
  • How Are You Really Feeling. Ask a friend how they are really feeling, ask twice, don't just accept OK or fine, take time to probe and listen. Information on advice on how to help yourself or someone you know.
  • One You.  modern day living is making it harder for us to be healthier. Find out how you're doing by taking the free online health quiz.
  • Sepsis Awareness. Acting quickly could save a child’s life. This campaign encourages parents of children aged 0-4 to go to A&E immediately or call 999 if they spot possible symptoms,
  • Stoptober and Smoke free cars. One less place to smoke, one more reason to quit! Smokefree cars started on 1 October 2015 and Stoptober begins 1 October every year.
  • Suicide Prevention conference. Every year in Cornwall 60-70 people die by suicide. That is consistently higher than expected for the size of the population in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. The event was held on World Suicide Prevention day on 10 September. 
  • Stay Well This Winter. For the first time the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England have designed a co-ordinated campaign for winter. It is encourgaging people to get flu vaccines. It also advises where to go for the most appropriate help, to ease pressure on hospitals.
  • Warm and Well Cornwall. We can help you to keep warm and well in your home, with improvements to insulation and first time central heating systems. Call Bev to see if you are eligible.
  • What will your drink cost this Christmas? This festive season, as many of us drink more than intended, a new campaign is urging people to think about how and who they want to spend their Christmas with..A Paramedic, a Police Officer, a Street Pastor or a Firefighter.
  • Winter Wellbeing. This is back for it's seventh year in 2017/2018. It has helped over 10,000 in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with heating or financial help. It has saved 675 hospital admissions.

If you would like to speak to someone about local opportunities to improve your health and wellbeing please contact Healthy Cornwall. They offer free, friendly advice:

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