Yorkshire Farmers’ need to “Age Well” – fit for farming booklet relaunched

3 July 2013

Farm HouseThe popular “Fit for Farming” booklet – a health guide aimed at Yorkshire farmers – has been updated and revised and will be re-launched at the 2013 Great Yorkshire Show. The health manual has been put together by the Yorkshire Rural Support Network, supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, and is aimed at enabling farmers to “age well.” The booklet combines practical information about symptoms with advice and where to find help and is illustrated by cartoonist, Henry Brewis.

In his foreword, Professor Alan White, of the Centre for Men’s Health at Leeds Metropolitan University comments:

The most valuable part of a farm is the people: without those hands working to feed the nation we all would be in a very sorry state. Any illness impacts on a family farming business, with the knock-on effects potentially travelling through the food supply chain.

Although farmers are living ten years longer than 50 years ago, with many expected to live into their 80s, many prefer to hide rather than tackle health problems, he says.

Farming people should be able to make their own health a priority. We need a vibrant, creative and energetic UK farming community as we operate in global markets to feed a growing world population. Good health with be at the centre of success. It is essential that we are all “fit to farm.”

In addition to the information in the original booklet, published in 2010, the new edition has been expanded to include eye care, cancers, mental health, sex information, and dementia.

Kate Dale, Co-ordinator for the Network said:

The value of the booklet is already proven, in that we distributed around 35,000 of the first edition. This new version means everything is totally up to date, and hopefully will find its way into farmhouses up and down the region. The Network is particularly grateful to the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, the Livestock Auctioneers Association and The Farming Life Centre in Derbyshire for their support.” Some 3,000 booklets have been printed. Copies are available at the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution stand, Avenue O, Stand 202 and at the Farming Community Network stand, Avenue Q, Stand 189.

For more information please contact Kate on kated@yas.co.uk


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