Fit For Farming

Men's health made easy - revised and completely redesigned, the latest edition of Fit For Farming
Cartoon showing healthy farmer jumping the air

One man in five will die before he reaches 65. And when the average age of the UK farmer is 57, that's a fact you can't ignore.

The mind and body of the farmer is the best bit of kit on any farm. With a little care, the high-performance machine that is the male body will run smoothly for a lifetime with just basic maintenance and minimal need for spare parts. This easy-to-read booklet will show you how to fine tune your engine, choose the right fuel and keep your mind on the road ahead. We’ll explain the little changes that can make a big difference:

  • how to be good to your body
  • how to be good to your brain
  • how to handle the ups and downs

FIT FOR FARMING also includes details on all the common occupational health concerns for UK farmers from ticks and insect stings to asbestos and tetanus. 

The 40 page full colour A5 booklet has been developed by a team who know a bit about farming and men's health. Originally written by Dr Ian Banks, himself a farmer, it has been revised and redesigned in partnership with several farming and rural organisations including the Yorkshire Rural Support Network, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, the Farming Life Centre (Blackwell, Derbyshire), the Farming Community Network and many others. The excellent cartoons are by farmer Henry Brewis. Read the foreword by Professor Alan White.

Men's Health Forum man manuals: men’s health made easy.

Full contents list
  • Foreword by Professor Alan White
  • Wellbeing
  • Accidents
  • Weight
  • Drinking
  • Drugs
  • Smoking
  • Ears, eyes, teeth and gums
  • Backs and bones
  • Sex Talk
  • Ageing Well
  • The Prostate
  • The Ageing Brain
  • Cancer
  • Occupational Health - everything from asbestos to zoonoses
  • Using the NHS
  • Who Can Help?
'Excellent. So easy to read and so simple to understand.'

The Men's Health Forum is a member of the NHS England Information Standard and this new man manual is fully compliant. This means it is fully-referenced, has been peer-reviewed by our team of medics led by Dr John Chisholm, the Men's Health Forum's chair of trustees, and also road-tested with men. You can have confidence that this is a reliable source of quality evidence-based health information.

We are grateful for permission from Old Pond Publishing to reproduce images © Henry Brewis. Books and audio CDs by Henry Brewis available from


The Men’s Health Forum need your support

It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.

In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.

It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.

We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.

Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.

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