What impact did our lifestyle intervention have on Farmers?

 Tue, 30th Mar, 2021

Thank you Laois People for sharing our latest farmer health research findings. Read what farmer Declan Byrne had to say 2 months and 16 months after he completed our 6-week lifestyle intervention in December 2019. Thanks to Declan for sharing his story with us as we believe it will help other farmers who may be afraid to start making lifestyle changes. You can read the full article HERE

Testimonial from farmer Declan Byrne 2 months after he completed the 6-week intervention (February 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic):

“When I signed up for the true fitness programme last October, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but it very quickly became apparent that it was exactly what I needed. The programme combines practical, sensible and most importantly sustainable information and advice on healthy lifestyle choices in all aspects of life but especially diet and physical health. Under the expert guidance of Diane, John and Ruth we began to have a much clearer understanding of how to make more informed decisions about food and healthy eating. How to read food labels, how to measure portion sizes and identify the dangers of added sugar just a small sample of what the programme has to offer.

The journey we undertook physically was equally challenging and incredibly rewarding as John’s expertise on how our body works as we get older and the correct way to exercise proved invaluable and has definitely helped me to regain a much improved level of fitness.

In truth I have only scratched at the surface of what the programme has to offer, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Although it was geared towards the farming community it would be clearly beneficial to any and all sectors. Under Ruth’s wonderful and enthusiastic guidance the entire experience has been hugely beneficial and I am eternally grateful to have participated in it as I have made many new friends as we continue our healthier lifestyle choices and I firmly believe that our journey is just beginning…Declan..”

Updated testimonial from farmer Declan Byrne 16 months after he completed the 6-week intervention (March 2021):

“Who amongst us could possibly have imagined how the last twelve months have unfolded and it is no exaggeration to say that Covid-19 has presented enormous challenges to all of us and has profoundly impacted our lifestyles in ways we never thought possible.

As farmers, perhaps we have been fortunate in that we continue to work (inside the farm gate at least) in a somewhat normal environment but like everyone else have had to adapt to a completely new way of living in all other aspects of our lives.

One of the most positive influences for me in this ‘new normal’ lifestyle has been my continued participation in several of the ‘True Fitness’ interventions that were held at various stages throughout the year. These programmes through necessity have been conducted online using the zoom platform and have been an absolute lifesaver for both my physical and emotional wellbeing. The True Fitness team have adapted brilliantly to the challenges of moving online and whilst there is no substitute for physically coming together as a group the programmes have worked wonderfully well in maintaining the momentum that was generated from the original intervention in late 2019.

The positive reinforcement of the healthy eating choices that Ruth and Diane continue to promote through small incremental changes, (one of Ruth’s mantras was ‘small changes over time lead to big benefits’ continue to be one of the values that I try to live by). In addition John and Anne’s physical classes continue to challenge whilst all the time being acutely aware of the different levels of fitness within the groups and fully recognizing that it is not a one size fits all approach to exercising, however, they continue to insist on the ‘use it or lose it approach’ which becomes even more important as we get older. All the True Fitness team are so helpful and are always available to assist and answer any questions or queries that may arise and the added bonus that through funding they receive from various different bodies the whole programme is free to all participants so this makes participating even more attractive.

Finally, to any farmer who may be considering taking part in any of the upcoming programmes I cannot recommend them highly enough and would encourage you to enrol when the opportunity presents itself, I promise you will not regret it”.


If you would like to be notified about upcoming interventions delivered by True Fitness please email ruthtruefitness@gmail.com.