Healthy business at Roscommon Mart

The Irish Farmers’ Journal (IFJ), in association with ICOS and Full Health Medical, launched the ‘Farmers Grow For Movember – Fovember’ campaign last week.

  Visitors to Roscommon Mart last Friday were offered free men’s health checks and also free hot towel shaves from Sam’s Barbers, Dublin, as part of the campaign.

  “This is the first initiative we’re running this year with ICOS marts, and it’s part of Movember/Fovember raising awareness of men’s health,” said Peter Young, a journalist with the IFJ.

  He added: “We’re offering free health checks for farmers who come into the mart today and also free hot towel shaves. It’s to get farmers to basically look after themselves.

  “We know they take great care of their stock and crops but we want them to take care of themselves too.”

  The campaign aims to offer free health checks at six different marts nationwide while raising money and awareness for men’s health and the Movember campaign.

  Peter stressed the importance of health checks among farmers. “It’s for the Irish Cancer Society and they realise the benefit of getting themselves checked out and also donating because there’s specific research on this whole area of men’s health,” he said. “Prostate, testicular cancer and mental health is also a big issue because farmers can be very lonely and we’re trying to get that conversation going.”

  So, what did these free health checks show and just how healthy are farmers in Roscommon?

  “Farmers, while they work outdoors and feel like they’re healthy, they’re not a healthy bunch!” said Peter.

  “There’s a higher percentage of obesity and higher risk due to diet. They just have to look after themselves a little bit more and they can look forward to living a lot longer.”

  There was a constant stream of visitors to the free health check with curious farmers also checking out the free hot towel shaves by Sam Donnelly of Sam’s barbers.

  “We’ve been kept going today, plenty of donations and curiosity!” said barber Gareth Moriarty as Sam skillfully worked his blade and business continued in the rings as usual.