Health Watch Vol 6 Issue 2

8.5 - 25 HEALTHY WEIGHT OVERWEIGHT Weight & BMI Malaria Back Pain ABOVE 30 OBESE Diet & Exercise Mental Health Lifestyle changes can improve your wellbeing This is the second part of the Britannia Health Watch round up of the ‘Top 10 ‘ medical conditions that we encounter when speaking with ship owners and their manning agents at Britannia seminars and also when analysing the claims that are handled by the Club. Our aim is to provide people with a reminder of some of the more common conditions, together with some simple ways to keep healthy and feeling well. In the first part which came out in April (www.britanniapandi. com/publications/health-watch) we looked at diabetes, hypertension, kidney stones, cancer and digestive problems. In this edition we focus on mental health issues, weight and body mass index (BMI), diet and exercise, back pain and malaria. As well as giving some basic facts about what symptoms to watch out for, we also offer guidance on some simple steps that you can take – such as adopting a balanced and healthy diet and making sure that you exercise regularly – that can help to reduce the risk of suffering from these conditions. When considering weight and BMI concerns, it is not necessary to make drastic changes to your lifestyle to see an improvement. Even if a few simple steps are followed, with small changes to diet and adding some exercise into daily routines, you will quickly feel the benefits. This will not only make the working environment seem easier, but will also have a very positive impact on home life and leisure activities. There are many ways to enjoy a more varied and healthy diet, even within the confines of a ship’s galley, and there is a growing awareness that the food we eat has a direct link to our health and wellbeing. With mental health, there is a much greater awareness of the issues and an improved understanding that such conditions can be very serious if left undiagnosed or untreated. However, it is still hard for many people to admit that they may have a mental health problem and it is important for all members of the ship’s team to look out for their fellow crew. Social interaction and group activities have been proven to help lessen the feelings of depression and isolation which many experience when on board ship. We hope you find this summary issue of Health Watch both interesting and informative. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions on other topics that you would like to see included in future editions of Health Watch. Volume 6 Issue 2 July 2017 Britannia Health Watch 1