As we begin a new month next week, the American Public Health Association is recognizing National Public Health Week (April 1-7). We wanted to share some information with you about important health checkups for farmers, as it may be relevant to stories you are working on.

Farm Bureau Financial Services offers important health checkup information that every farmer needs. Below is a guide to staying healthy on the farm or ranch.

Health checkup guide

Beware of UV rays and new moles on your skin

Working outdoors increases your risk of developing skin cancer. Wearing protective clothing and sunscreen can reduce your UV exposure. And don’t forget to review existing moles for the ABCDEs of melanoma.

Protect your lungs against pollutants and dust

Farmers breathe in irritants from exposure to animals, chemicals, and agricultural dust. Wear proper facial masks when needed to protect from respiratory diseases.

Avoid wear and tear on muscles and joints

Farmers may be used to an ache or pain due to daily hard work, however, if there is a consistent soreness, it’s time to get it checked out. Talk to your primary physician about any discomfort you have so that they can recommend a treatment plan that will keep you up and running.

Care for your eyes, prevent squinting-related strain

You depend on your eyes for nearly every aspect of your business — to operate machinery safely or to let you know when your crops need some extra attention. So if you’ve noticed yourself squinting a lot lately or holding the newspaper a little closer to your face, it’s time for an eye exam.

Reduce exposure to loud noises

If you are often around some of the loudest noises on a farm or ranch such as tractors, grain equipment, and chainsaws, using ear protection is recommended.

Address stress anxiety and depression

Seek help from a mental health professional in your community, immediately, if you are experiencing anxiety or depression.

Additional information about this health checkup guide and staying healthy this season can be found on the Farm Bureau Financial Services website: www.fbfs.com/learning-center/spring-checkups-every-farmer-needs.

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