Jalene Makus, assistant agricultural fieldman for Lacombe County, recently helped the County host their annual Health and Safety Tune Up at the Lacombe Memorial Centre on March 28th, 2019. Todd Colin Vaugha/Lacombe Express

Lacombe County holds Spring Tune Up at LMC

Event promotes Health and Safety on and away from the farm

Lacombe County recently held their 3rd Annual Spring Tune Up at the Lacombe Memorial Center in order to promote healthy choices both on the farm and off.

Jalene Makus, assistant agricultural fieldman for Lacombe County, said this year’s show consists of a tradeshow and the addition of presentations.

“It is to promote general health and safety for those both on the farm and off the farm,” Makus said. “Originally, we wanted to give agricultural producers an opportunity to learn about health and safety.

“There job is tough and sometimes they need to be reminded that health is important. We want to thank them for what they do and we want to give them a place they can get information in order to stay healthy and stay safe.”

Makus said new provincial legislation has made it even more important to learn about health and safety on the farm.

“The more information we can get out to people, the better it is,” she said. “This is our third year hosting it and we get about 120 people throughout the day. That is a good chunk of people getting educated.”

The first two years of the show featured solely the tradeshow, but this year featured presentations by Lacombe County Peace Officers, Healthfitters and Jo(E) Social Media.

“Our first presentation is Lacombe County Peace Officer,” Makus said. “He is talking about our SPTED program, which involves rural crime or any kind of crime prevention that keeps your home and property safe from crime.

“Our second presentation is Healthfitters and they are talking about fatigue management. There are so many reasons you could be fatigued and they are going over the main reasons they see and what to do about it.

“Our third presenter is Jo(E) Social Media and they are talking about Internet safety and scamming prevention. Social media is so well used and we need to teach people how to use it safely.”

Makus said the best way to learn more about the show or how you can get involved next year is by logging on to lacombecounty.com or by contacting the County and asking for her.



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