Annual health checks important for farmers

Often farmers are great at knowing their numbers around pasture, machinery and stock, but not so good at knowing their own vital statistics.

Booking a ‘WOF’ health check with the doctor is a good way to keep track of the numbers for your blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes risk, according to Farmstrong rural wellness programme.

“Talk to your doctor about how often you should get a check up. If it’s annually, time it with your birthday so you remember to do it.”

A recent health check of nearly 3000 farmers found that one in three was overweight, a third had cholesterol levels that needed attention, more than half had high or moderately high blood pressure, many were at significant risk of heart disease, and one-third said that pain interfered with their work.


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