Fast selected as Health Coach

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Cheri Fast has been selected to represent South Dakota as AgriSafe’s Total Farmer Health Coach and will lead efforts in South Dakota. Cheri recently completed the Nurse Scholar Program and comes from a farming background and will be able to identify with the needs of ag producers in our state.

Cheri says, “While we cannot reduce all farm stressors such as volatile markets and impacts from natural disasters, we can empower producers to reduce the negative impact on their life.  We can coach producers on recognizing signs and symptoms of stress, identify the sources of stress, and assist them to take action to manage their stress.  In addition, we can raise the competency of rural health professionals to screen for anxiety, depression and risks for suicide.”

Look for education in the coming months on a variety of topics that involve the health of ag producers. If you have questions or are looking for further information related to Agriculture health and safety, contact Cheri at cheri.fast@sdfmc.org. or 605-354-2553.

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