Ruth presented her poster on farmer health research at the Connacht Ulster Alliance conference last week. Data was collected from 40 adult farmers before they started a 6-week lifestyle education and physical activity programme. We found that although few farmers smoked and most had normal blood pressure:
– Levels of overweight and obesity were high.
– Majority of farmers (72.5%) had 3+ cardiovascular disease risk factors.
– 1 in 3 farmers had high cholesterol.
– Salt and saturated fat intake was high.
– Fibre intake was low.
These factors place farmers at a significant risk for the development of type 2 diabetes, a range of cardiovascular diseases and other chronic lifestyle related non-communicable diseases. Lifestyle interventions which increase physical activity and improve dietary habits are consistently proven to improve health and lower the risk of developing these chronic diseases.
Do you know any farmers?
We are currently looking for farmers (male and female, full-time and part-time) to participate in a FREE 6-week physical activity and lifestyle education programme. This programme will take place in Emo community hall, Co. Laois and starts on Monday 17th of February 7-9pm. If you would like to book a place please contact Ruth via phone 083 374 8262 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This research is funded by the Irish Research Council in partnership with True Fitness and the Institute of Technology Sligo.
Yours in health,
The True Fitness team.