SHAWANO COUNTY (WKOW) -- A regional wellness program is helping farmers and those in the Ag industry by providing services exactly where they're needed: on the farm.
Shawano, Waupaca, and Outagamie Counties, in partnership with Rural Health Initiative, work to provide health assessments to those in the agricultural and farming industries.
Dawn Dingeldein is a rural nurse who visits farms to do preventative health screenings for busy farmers. She says, "It's a simple blood test where we'll provide their total cholesterol, their good cholesterol, bad, their triglyceride level, and then their blood sugar so we know if they're diabetic or not. And then blood pressure, height, weight. It's a nice rounded picture of where their health is at."
Jim Shairer is a farmer who says this is a great way to keep him and the other workers healthy. He says, "We had appointments from eight o'clock; every 15 minutes another employee went and checked out, and they knew their results that day."
The Rural Health Initiative currently only serves three counties and is funded mostly by donations from the community and participating healthcare partners. To find out more, you can visit this website.