Arthritis Remains A Chronic Health Problem For Farmers

Arthritis Remains A Chronic Health Problem For Farmers

Nebraska workshops are planned this month on preventing and managing arthritis.

The National AgrAbility Project is partnering with Nebraska AgrAbility to offer two health-related workshops for rural Nebraskans.

 "Cultivating Healthy Nebraskans" will be offered in North Platte on April 11 and in Grand Island on April 12.  A full-day of health education is planned for each location, with workshops running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Amber Wolfe, AgrAbility Project coordinator for the National Arthritis Foundation will be the keynote speaker.  Amber is based in Indianapolis and works with the "Arthritis and Agriculture" project nationwide.

Arthritis Remains a Chronic Health Problem for Farmers

Educational topics will include the basics of arthritis, gardening with arthritis, Walk Nebraska, assistive technology for farmers, life improvement series, and Nebraska AgrAbility. Another session is entitled, "Farm Kids Get Arthritis, Too."

Educational displays are also planned.

Founded in the 1990 Farm Bill, AgrAbility is a partnership between land-grand university Extension and non-profit disability organizations. With projects in 25 states, AgrAbility's mission is to provide technical assistance, disseminate information and conduct professional training to help farmers and their families overcome physical, mental and emotional disabilities.

 Nebraska AgrAbility is a partnership of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Easter Seals Nebraska. 

The National AgrAbility Project, which provides support to state projects and to agricultural workers in non-AgrAbility states, is currently headquartered in Purdue University's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. About 11,000 people have received personal services from AgrAbility since it began operations in 1991. It has helped thousands more with less intensive assistance, such as telephone consultations and referrals.

The $12 fee will cover workshop materials, lunch and breaks.  To register for a workshop, contact your local Extension Office or UNL Extension Educator Sharry Nielsen at 308-832-0645 or [email protected].

For more information regarding the AgrAbility project or Arthritis and Agriculture, visit or

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