Staying Healthy

Using Your Body

Body Mechanics Basics

>Body Mechanics Basics

Body mechanics involves the utilization of correct muscles to complete a task safely and efficiently

Lifting, Reaching & Other Tasks

Lifting, Reaching & Other Tasks

Principles of physics & other suggestions to help with gardening / farming tasks

Using Body Mechanics & Other Tools to Do What You Love Longer PDF

Using Body Mechanics & Other Tools to Do What You Love Longer PDF

Downloadable PDF includes stretches & core strengthening exercises, tips for choosing tools, and other suggestions for staying healthy

Listen to a recording of our webinar for the University of Vermont about Farm Safety

Stretching & Strengthening

Stretching & Strengthening Intro

Stretching & Strengthening Intro

Stretching as a warm-up to physical work or exercise has long been believed to reduce the risk of injury.

Stretches

Stretches

Stretches for abdomen, back & buttocks

Yoga for Gardeners

Yoga for Gardeners

Six yoga poses that are great for the growing season, courtesy of our friends at Rodale.com

Core Strengthening Exercises

Core Strengthening Exercises

These exercises help strengthen abdominal, back & pelvic-area muscles, making many tasks easier

Tips from Ann

Preventing injuries and illnesses

Preventing injuries and illnesses

Insights gleaned from years of practice and experience, in nursing and in life

Ergonomics

Ergonomics for Women slide show (download)

Ergonomics for Women slide show

Learn about ergonomics, preventing injuries and working more safely. This slide show was prepared by Jennifer Hess from the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center

Hergonomic® Tools

Hergonomic® Tools

Hergonomic® means ergonomic, for women. Hergonomic® tools such as HERShovel are designed to be easiest and safest to use, most comfortable and most effective for women.

Using Tools

Digging the Dirt

Digging the Dirt

Digging often requires more than a spade or shovel. Various auxiliary digging tools make the job as easy and efficient as possible.

Shoveling 101

Shoveling 101

When you shovel, you lift, bend & often twist – movements that put you at risk for injuries and musculoskeletal disorders such as lower back pain. Here's how to shovel safely.