This longitudinal study examines the health and wellbeing of Albertan farmers and farming families enrolled in the government-funded Sustainable Farm Families Alberta Program (SFFAP) organized by the Farm Safety Centre in Raymond, Alberta.
The SFFAP has been running every year since November 2014. Participants, mainly farmers and farming families, receive health-based education on a wide range of health issues to help increase their knowledge of multiple health risk factors and provide them with skills to identify those risk factors.
By learning how to develop and follow through with a health plan, they also apply the skills and knowledge gained to improve their families' health and wellbeing.
Participants also receive education on safe farming practices. We will determine the extent of prevalence of multiple health risk factors, the links between the risk factors, and the benefits of a health-based education intervention among the SFFAP participants.
This study will provide a quality assurance assessment of the effectiveness of the SFFAP in improving: (1) Albertan farmers and farming families' knowledge and awareness of multiple health risk factors; (2) the skills needed to prevent those risk factors; and (3) their health and wellbeing.