Men’s Health Week 11th – 17th June

Friday, 8 June, 2018

Next week is Men’s Health week and the UFU would like to encourage members and their families to take a minute and reflect on their health.

UFU deputy president, Victor Chestnutt says, “It is a busy time of year for farmers but we should still try to make time for our health. Even just getting your blood pressure checked is a good way to get an idea of your overall health. It is possible to have high blood pressure and have no obvious symptoms. Keeping blood pressure under control reduces the risk of a stroke, heart failure or heart attacks. ”

This year men are being encouraged to make one small change to their lifestyle to improve their health. For example, get their blood pressure checked, cut down on sugar in the form of biscuits and buns, reduce portion sizes or talk to someone for support and advice if they are feeling worried, down or stressed.

Northern Ireland has had a spell of good weather of late; however, it comes after prolonged period of wet, unpredictable weather that affected activities on farms and hampered cash flow. “Looking after your mental health is important as looking after your physical health. It has been a stressful time and it has had an impact on many farmers and their families. If you are feeling stressed or worried, the best thing to do is to talk to someone. Don’t keep it to yourself,” says Mr Chestnutt.

If you see The Farm Families Health Checks van out and about at a mart, call in with the friendly nurses and get a free health check. If you need support and advice on pressures on the farm call Rural Support on 08001381678.