In other club news, Jordan Macak of Franklin was the winner of an iPad Mini in the club’s recent membership drive. Another contest will be held in April, Tweedie said.
A recent Worcester Central School newsletter talked about the school’s efforts to promote student health, along with its school-based health center. This included 10 ways to get kids involved with health cooking and shopping from the Better Health Foundation. This included letting children wash fruit and vegetables when preparing for cooking and eating; when shopping let them select at least one new fruit or vegetable to try and let them sprinkle herbs or other seasonings onto vegetables. More information is available at www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.
A recent story on a logging safety program by the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, was a chance to be reacquainted with the agency whose mission is enhancing agricultural and rural health by preventing and treating occupational injury and illness. It is part of the Bassett Healthcare Network.
Senior research coordinator Erika E. Scott said current research projects deal with such issues as community-based initiatives to address migrant occupational health challenges and tractor rollover protection. Outreach and educational activities include free on-farm safety surveys and training and farm emergency response training in the areas of first aid, CPR, and the use of fire extinguishers.
Clinical consultation is provided through the Farmers’ Occupational Health Clinic, a diagnostic clinic that can include a worksite assessment as needed. The center also includes a library which serves the agricultural community, as well as safety and health professionals. Social work services are provided as part of the Farm Partners program which provides free and confidential counseling and case management assistance to farmers and their families. It has also grown to include HealthWorks-a fee for service program, developed in response to the needs of small rural businesses, to provide pre-placement and annual employee evaluations and assure OSHA compliance.
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