Har­vest traf­fic warn­ing

Health tips for men in sheds

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

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.

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