Monday, March 06, 2017

Study - Ag producers faster, stronger than other occupations

A study conducted by Trinity College Dublin recently surveyed nearly 6,000 people from a wide range of backgrounds to examine the relationship between changes in occupation and physical functionality later in life. Published in the Journals of Gerontology, the study found that survey participants from farming backgrounds walked 0.04m/s faster when compared to other occupational groups. And it begins with proper nutrition as youngsters. According to an article printed in The Bullvine, “The authors point to historic evidence from the Irish National Nutrition Survey in the late 1940s, which indicates that children from farming backgrounds had higher intakes of potatoes, milk and eggs. Other studies have also reported that childhood milk consumption was associated with faster walking speed in later life.” The study also looked at grip strength and found that farmers could grasp between 
0.86kg and 1.5kg higher on average compared with the other occupational groups...more

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