Farm Families Health Checks Programme welcomed

THE Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed the launch of an innovative programme aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of farmers and their families across Northern Ireland.

The Farm Families Health Checks Programme jointly launched by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Public Health agency, will consist of a mobile unit which will visit local farmers’ markets and rural community events to offer on-the-spot health checks to farmers and their families. Qualified staff will be on hand to carry out checks which include blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI (Body Mass Index) measurements and to provide information on how to stay fit and healthy.

UFU president Harry Sinclair said: “Farming is an all weather, all season job and busy working schedules often mean that farmers don’t have the time to think about their health. They work long hours, often work alone and with many living a considerable distance from their nearest health service. This initiative will provide health checks and healthcare advice to farmers in a place, and at a time, that is convenient to them. With over 1,000 people having made use of this service since its introduction a few months ago, the UFU hopes that Farm Families Health Checks Programme will continue to improve the health and well-being of the farming community.”

The Ulster Farmers’ Union have agreed to work alongside other key stakeholders to support the delivery of this programme.