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A free wellness van will be touring the country from February to December 2024, offering free health checks for those in agricultural communities.  Often in rural areas, time is scarce, and doctors can be hard to access, so general checkups can be missed.  This can have devastating consequences for families.

The van is an initiative of the Carr Family Foundation, which runs a variety of programs focused on rural health and wellness, education, and community support, in partnership with our Platinum sponsor Carrfields.  Key dates and accessible locations have been selected, based on times of interest in the farming calendar.  A Registered Nurse will be stationed in the van, assessing blood sugar levels, oxygen levels, heart rate, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and BMI.

These tests can indicate risk factors for underlying chronic health conditions.  All health information collected will remain confidential and a referral will be written to a GP for any issues of concern.  Since the van commenced touring in June 2022, 399 people nationwide have had a checkup in the van.  This resulted in 115 referrals being made and 4 of those were urgent referrals.

Stacey McKerchar, Chair of the Carr Family Foundation, said, “We are committed to giving back to the agricultural communities we work in.  Our mobile wellness van gives us the opportunity to connect with rural people, in locations convenient to them.  These simple tests can highlight any issues you may not be aware of; before a serious health event occurs.”

No booking is necessary and the mobile health van will be visiting the locations below.

Southern Field Days, Waimumu Southland (site 457)14 & 15 FebruaryAll day
East Coast Farming Expo, Wairoa21 & 22 FebruaryAll day
Central Districts Field Days, Feilding (site G34/G35)14 & 15 MarchAll day
The Vintage Machinery Club, Lauriston6 April10am – 3pm
Farming Family Day at the Races, Methven Trotting Club14 April11am – 4pm
Te Mania Bull Sale, Cheviot19 JuneAll day
SIDE Conference, Lincoln (just outside main entrance of cafeteria)24 & 25 JuneAll day

Check out our video about the Health and Wellness Van below featuring Craig “Wiggy” Wiggins and Craig Carr, Group Managing Director of Carrfields.