Victorian workers heading to the Port Fairy Folk Festival between Saturday 10 – Monday 12 March will have the chance to learn about their risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease with a free WorkHealth check.

WorkHealth checks, which are available to all Victorian workers as part of WorkSafe Victoria’s WorkHealth program, are completely confidential and take just 15 minutes.

“What we’re finding is that around a quarter of workers who have done WorkHealth checks actually have a high risk for developing type 2 diabetes which is something many of them wouldn’t have known about before,” WorkHealth Director, Rachel Gualano said.

“So we’re heading to the Port Fairy Folk Festival because we think it’s important that as many workers as possible have the chance to get their health checked.”

The free WorkHealth checks, which are performed by trained health professionals, will be available at the Craft Fair, during the Port Fairy Folk Festival.

The checks take just 15 minutes and include a lifestyle survey along with some simple measurements, including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose and waistline.

Results and advice on leading a healthy lifestyle are provided on the spot. For those workers found to be at risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, help is on hand through the new WorkHealth Coach telephone support service.

More than 465,000 workers have had a WorkHealth check so far across Victoria, and more than 23,000 businesses have signed up to the program.

“If you miss out on the Port Fairy Folk Festival, you needn’t miss out on WorkHealth checks. Just sign up at workhealth.vic.gov.au and we’ll come to your workplace and give your whole team the chance to get checked,” Ms Gualano said.

Look out for the WorkHealth site at the Craft Fair, Railway Green on Bank St, Port Fairy from Saturday 10 – Monday 12 March.

Visit workhealth.vic.gov.au for information on WorkHealth checks, grants, and other resources and advice on good health in the workplace.