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Workplace Health Business Forum

Our next Business Forum is scheduled for Wednesday November 15th 2017 and is hosted by Cornish Mutual Insurance in Truro. There are three presentations which include a Musculoskeletal (MSK) presentation from; Professor Tony Woolf, a Samaritans presentation from Gill Pipkin, and an 'Engaging Staff' presentation from BT.  Please contact Graham Hicks to book your free place.


Workplace Health Award Assessment Visits

We are currently really busy refreshing the criteria for the Workplace Health Award, to ensure the award criteria continues to follow good evidenced based practice.

We will be carrying out the Assessment Visits between Monday 4th September 2017 and Thursday 14th December 2017, so please contact us to book your Assessment Visits in with us, to avoid disappointment.

As with previous years, we will aim to talk to a wide variety of staff during the Assessment Visits, and we are really looking forward to seeing you all soon!

If you have any queries or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us on: or visit our website.
Free 'Making Every Contact Count' Training

Businesses and Organisations across the county are taking advantage of the free training being delivered by the Health Promotion Service called “Making Every Contact Count”

Developed by the NHS, this training is of real benefit to employers and employees alike, delivering improvements in staff health and wellbeing, thus improving morale and productivity.

Those attending the training learn communication skills, understand key health messages and learn how to support colleagues, friends and family to achieve better health.

Previous attendees have expressed how confident they feel in discussing health concerns and how they gained invaluable transferable skills.

The training is offered at:

Wednesday 18th October 2017 at The Pool Innovation Centre, Pool, Redruth from 10.00am - 4.00pm
Thursday 19th October 2017 at The Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre at Treliske, Truro from 10.00 - 4.00pm.

To book a place, please email us on:, places are free and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
'Cover Up Mate' Campaign
Skin Cancer Awareness
•   Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancers and can be fatal.
•   Skin cancer in men is increasing at a faster rate than it is for women. 
•   Men are worse at protecting themselves from the sun than women.
•   Men who work outdoors are at a greater risk of skin cancer.
•   Farmers/construction workers often just want to get on with the job but that kind of resilience can come back to bite.
•  Men owe it to themselves and their families to take the risk of skin cancer seriously.
•   Sunburn increases your risk of skin cancer later in life.
•   You can still get sunburn on cool days as you can’t feel ultraviolet (UV) rays.
•    A tan is a sign of skin damage – not health – and offers very little protection from the sun.
•    You're at greater risk if you have fair skin, moles, freckles, red or fair hair, or light-coloured eyes.
•    You’re at greater risk from May to September when UV rates are higher.

Men who spend long periods of time outdoors are being urged to protect themselves against the sun this summer as part of an NHS skin cancer prevention campaign.

Farmers, builders, sportsmen and gardeners are all being targeted by NHS England South’s “Cover Up, Mate” campaign because of their prolonged exposure to the sun. 
A recent Imperial College study, commissioned by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), estimated that there are 48 deaths and 241 cases of melanoma skin cancer a year in Britain caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun at work. Of these, construction workers made up the highest number of deaths (44%), followed by agriculture workers (23%).
Research also indicates that men are worse at protecting themselves from the sun. A YouGov survey, commissioned by Cancer Research UK, found that more than 50 per cent more men than women forget to protect their skin and, worryingly, 75 per cent more men than women are not worried about getting sunburnt.
Latest statistics from Cancer Research show that since the late 1970s, skin cancer incidence rates have more than quadrupled (360% increase) in the UK. The increase is larger in males where rates have increased more than six-fold (544% increase), than in females where rates have more than tripled (263% increase).
Public Health England statistics show that many local areas across the South have higher rates of malignant melanoma than the national average. Between 2005 and 2014, incidence of malignant melanoma in men rose by 47.3% in the South East and 45.3% in the South West. Deaths by malignant melanoma in this time also rose by 34.6% in the South East and 22.4% in the South West. 

Cancer Research stats show that:
• A tan is a sign of skin damage – not health – and may offer only factor 3 protection.
• Getting painful sunburn, just once every two years, can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer;
• You're at higher risk of skin cancer if you have fair skin, moles or freckles, red or fair hair, or light-coloured eyes; and
• The highest risk months in the UK are May to September when UV rates are higher.

•    Official NHS advice on staying safe in the sun is:
o    spend time in the shade
o    make sure you never burn
o    cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
o   use at least factor 15 sunscreen and reapply every few hours.
•    The earlier skin cancer is caught, the easier it is to treat, so see your GP as soon as possible if any moles or freckles change size or shape. 
Middle aged office workers sit more than older adults

Researchers from the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre in Edinburgh have found that middle-aged office workers are more sedentary than pensioners on weekdays.

The study used data from the Scottish Health Questionnaire to look at sedentary behaviour including time spent sat down at work and its variation across age groups and gender. 14,367 participants were asked to report on their time spent sedentary at work in a standard day, leisure time sedentary behaviour on a typical weekday and weekend day.

The authors state that the majority of middle aged adults reported similar levels of sedentary behaviour to older adults. For adults in work, the time spent inactive during the weekdays is greater for all age groups that for adults aged 75 and above which is reversed at the weekend, indicating that work has a large impact on activity levels.

Key findings
  • For all adults in work, total sedentary time was higher for each age category than for those 75 and over.
  • For men in work, the biggest difference was between those aged 55-64 who were on average sedentary for 84 minutes longer than those aged 75 and above per day.
  • For all men, the youngest age group reported less sedentary time than the oldest age group (6.6 hours vs 7.4 hours)
  • For all men, the age group between 45 and 54 reported significantly more (24 minutes) sedentary time than the oldest age group.
  • For all women, the oldest age group (75+) reported more sedentary time than those aged between 16 and 75.
  • For men not in work, most age groups reported less sedentary time than those aged 75 and above.
Read more here
National Workplace Health Toolkits
Don't Flush Your Life Away

Men are 3 times more likely than women to die by suicide - Middle age men are in the highest risk group.

Men traditionally feel the pressure to be the provider, and sometimes find it hard to take the time of work to visit the doctor; they also find it hard to talk about feelings.

Specifically for men – look out for the ‘Don’t Flush Your Life Away’ campaign – posters on the back of doors in toilets in pubs/workplaces/sports venues. 

If you would like some posters to display in the men's toilets in your workplace, sports club or social place please email
Health Campaigns:

WABA World Breastfeeding Week
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 to Monday, August 7, 2017

International Youth Day
Saturday, August 12, 2017 to Saturday, August 12, 2017

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Friday, September 1, 2017 to Saturday, September 30, 2017

CMT Awareness Month (Charcot-Marie-Tooth)
Friday, September 1, 2017 to Saturday, September 30, 2017
Sickle Cell Awareness Month
Friday, September 1, 2017 to Saturday, September 30, 2017
Vascular Disease Awareness Month
Friday, September 1, 2017 to Saturday, September 30, 2017
The Circulation Foundation is committed to saving lives and limbs through research, awareness and information. As the only UK charity dedicated to vascular disease, we want to ensure that those at risk of vascular disease are identified and treated before it is too late. Help us spread the word. You can order fundraising materials and patient information online. Or if you fancy organising an event to help raise awareness of vascular disease and raise much needed funds, visit our fundraising section or email to request a toolkit.
Fibromyalgia Awareness Week
Saturday, September 2, 2017 to Saturday, September 9, 2017
Migraine Awareness Week
Sunday, September 3, 2017 to Saturday, September 9, 2017
Organ Donation Week
Monday, September 4, 2017 to Sunday, September 10, 2017
Raising awareness of organ donation, and encouraging more people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders National/International Awareness Day
Saturday, September 9, 2017 to Saturday, September 9, 2017
World Suicide Prevention Day
Sunday, September 10, 2017 to Sunday, September 10, 2017
Sexual Health Week
Monday, September 11, 2017 to Sunday, September 17, 2017
National Eczema Week
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 to Thursday, September 21, 2017
World Lymphoma Day
Friday, September 15, 2017 to Friday, September 15, 2017
Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week
Sunday, September 17, 2017 to Saturday, September 23, 2017
Balance Awareness Week
Monday, September 18, 2017 to Sunday, September 24, 2017
European Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week
Monday, September 18, 2017 to Friday, September 22, 2017
Focus on raising awareness of this treatable disease, which kills more than 62,000 people across Europe each year.
Know Your Numbers! (National Blood Pressure Testing Awareness Week)
Monday, September 18, 2017 to Sunday, September 24, 2017
Meningitis Awareness Week
Monday, September 18, 2017 to Sunday, September 24, 2017
National Eye Health Week
Monday, September 18, 2017 to Sunday, September 24, 2017
Eye care charities, organisations and health professionals from across the UK are joining together to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all.
National Eye Health Week
Monday, September 18, 2017 to Sunday, September 24, 2017
Vision really matters. Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, yet many of us don’t know how to look after our eyes – National Eye Health Week aims to change all that!
World Alzheimer’s Day
Thursday, September 21, 2017 to Thursday, September 21, 2017
Every year on 21 September Alzheimer associations across the globe unite to recognise World Alzheimer's Day.
Jeans For Genes Day
Friday, September 22, 2017 to Friday, September 22, 2017
Jeans for Genes is the national children's charity that holds Jeans for Genes Day. Wear your jeans, make a donation and help children with genetic disorders. Visit the website for more details.
National Doodle Day
Friday, September 22, 2017 to Friday, September 22, 2017
National Doodle Day is all about doodling to help raise funds to support people affected by epilepsy. Since the very first National Doodle Day in 2004, over £250,000 has been raised. Over 1,000 celebrities have taken part in the event since it began. Individuals, schools and groups can also take part in the annual competition.
International Ataxia Awareness Day
Monday, September 25, 2017 to Monday, September 25, 2017
World Contraception Day
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 to Tuesday, September 26, 2017
World Contraception Day (WCD) is a worldwide campaign with a vision for a world where every pregnancy is wanted. Its mission is to improve awareness of contraception to enable young people to make informed decisions on sexual and reproductive health.
World Rabies Day
Thursday, September 28, 2017 to Thursday, September 28, 2017
September 28 is World Rabies Day, a global health observance that seeks to raise awareness about rabies and enhance prevention and control efforts. World Rabies Day is an excellent time to take steps that can help prevent and control rabies, such as vaccinating pets including dogs and cats and providing education on how to avoid the animals that typically transmit rabies: raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes.
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