Nowadays so many people live in urban areas, that we tend to forget about all of the farming communities that thrive throughout our country. This week is Future Farmers of America Week, a time to give thanks to our current farmers while looking forward and supporting the future generations of agriculturists.
Did you know…
Future Farmers of American (FFA) began in 1928 by a small group of farmers
Now there are around 700,0000+ youth members
FFA Week began in 1948, recognizing George Washington’s background as an agriculturist and farmer
It was formed “to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population”
These future generations recognize that farming encompasses many other fields, such as biology, chemistry & engineering
With 20% of the U.S. population—about 60 million people—living in rural areas, you would think that they would have equal access to the healthcare that the residents of urban areas do.
But did you know that residents in rural areas are more likely than residents of urban areas to die from heart disease, cancer, stroke and chronic lower respiratory disease?
Today is National Rural Health Day, a day where we applaud the ongoing efforts, contributions, and collaborations occurring in rural communities to address the unique challenges in accessing and delivering health care services.
Help your community showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers, hospitals, and clinics today by organizing any of these activities at your office:
Staff luncheon with keynote speaker from rural healthcare system
Group fitness activity/organized run to promote a healthy lifestyle