New Videotel program focuses on healthy living at sea

(MIDDLETOWN, R.I. and LONDON) — Videotel, part of KVH Industries, has produced a series of 10 programs with accompanying workbooks that explore the many aspects of crew health on board. The “Healthy Living at Sea” series highlights many important areas, including the benefit of eating a balanced diet, regular exercise, disease prevention, and proper working patterns to avoid fatigue and stress.

“In today’s tough climate, shipowners and ship managers cannot afford any downtime in a ship’s operations, so maintaining a full complement of healthy crew is vitally important,” said Joe Pitcher, Videotel sales director. "Management and crew must have a good understanding of the risks, and plan ahead to ensure that all protective measures, both medical and practical, are in place.”

Understanding healthy living is particularly important for crew when entering a port in a region where infectious diseases are prevalent. It is also possible that crewmembers may join a ship while incubating an infection which can spread all too easily in the close and enclosed living conditions on board; therefore, the first program in the series reviews personal hygiene and infections, and the second investigates infectious diseases and vaccinations.

Other programs in the series tackle substance abuse, safe sex, and the importance of the Statutory Medical Certificate. The last of these focuses on the responsibility of seafarers to provide honest and accurate information when undergoing a medical, including details of any prescribed medication taken to ensure enough supplies are available onboard.

Produced in association with Steamship Mutual, the “Healthy Living at Sea” series comes in video on demand (VOD), VOD online, DVD, and eLearning computer-based training (CBT) formats.

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By Professional Mariner Staff