Staying fit for farming

Authors: Richardson N1, Osborne A, O'Neill B, Griffin P, McNamara J, Roche C, van Doorn D.

Source: J Agromedicine. 2015;20(3):381-5. doi: 10.1080/1059924X.2015.1047551.

Staying Fit for Farming-A Health Booklet for Farmers.” This booklet was launched on 25 September 2013 and received widespread publicity in both print and broadcast media. A high-quality print resolution of the booklet was made available nationally (approximately 70,500 print circulation sales) through the Irish Farmers Journal on 25 January 2014. The journal included a feature on the booklet, encouraging farmers to see the booklet as an important resource for their health and as a long-term source of health information. The booklet has been adopted by the Irish Heart Foundation as a resource for its “Farmers Have Hearts-Heart Health Checks” program. The booklet has helped push farmers’ health into the forefront identifying health as a key driver of “staying fit for farming.” The approach taken to consult with farmers and farm organizations helped ensure maximum buy-in from the target group to hopefully motivate farmers to take increased responsibility for their own health.


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