Harvest traffic warning
Health tips for men in sheds
AS THE Kyabram and district’s harvest season ramps up, local drivers are being urged to pay extra attention on the roads.
Regional Roads Victoria, Northern operations manager Matt Gard said drivers were likely to see an increase in the number of heavy vehicles on the roads over the coming months.
“North central Victoria is home to a diverse agricultural industry and with harvest season well and truly here we’re urging everyone to be alert and share the roads responsibly with heavy vehicles,” Mr Gard said.
“Keep an eye out for trucks transporting produce from farms in the north to markets in the south and farmers moving large machinery, right across the region and particularly near plantations in the Macedon Ranges.
“Ensure it’s safe to overtake large vehicles, remain patient and be aware of the blind spots that are common with larger vehicles.
“Road safety is the responsibility of all road users, and we want everyone travelling on our network to make it home safely.”
Mr Gard also urged those driving heavy vehicles to ensure they were adequately rested before getting behind the wheel.
“Fatigue is one of the biggest causes of trauma on Victoria’s roads. If you feel you’re too tired to drive, either swap with another licenced driver, or take 15 minutes to have a power nap.
“We know during harvest season, farmers do sometimes need to work longer hours. What we’re asking is that before anyone gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, they take a moment to assess if they feel suitably alert to drive.
“It could be the difference between making it home safely or not.” KYABRAM District Health Services dietitian Amy Burrowes visited the Kyabram Men’s Shed last week to pass on some advice to members on how to best manage their health.
The workshop was part of the Men’s Shed push in Movember towards overall better health.
Amy ran the men through general healthy eating and simple things they can change both at the shed and at home.
“Here in Australia we tend to eat a little too much of certain things,” Amy said.
“So I am here to educate the men on what to cut back on, and what to eat more of.”
Amy warned the men things like fruit, which are widely regarded as healthy for you, can’t be eaten at all times.
“If we have too much fruit we are getting those natural sugars and that can go to your waste as well,” she said.
She showed the men an example of a ‘perfect’ dinner plate which was 50 per cent covered by vegetables, a quarter of the plate covered in meat and a quarter of the plate taken by grains.
Before they shared a healthy lunch, Amy also ran the men through how to read food labels and what to be wary of.
WISE WORDS — Dietitian Amy Burrowes gave the local men’s shed some health management recommendations.