Biological, lifestyle, and environmental factors all affect obesity, both in the general population and among farmworkers. However, less is known about the relationship between mental illness, such as depression, and obesity in the agricultural workforce. A recent study by investigators at the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS) sheds light on this gap in research and suggests that depression may reduce the effectiveness of workplace weight-loss programs.
Many of us are familiar with the story of Cesar Chavez and how he and other farmworkers organized themselves to fight for farmworker rights. Although much progress has been made, many farmworkers continue to work long hours in unsafe conditions and with low pay. Because of this, community leaders still play an essential role in improving the lives of farmworkers.
The Annual Farmworker Women’s Conference Combines Advocacy with Tradition
By Emily Walsh, Director of Community Outreach & Mesothelioma Cancer Expert
Agricultural workers face numerous airborne threats every day. Air pollutant emissions, soil fumigants, pesticides, mold, asbestos, and dust are a few of the potential lung health hazards that an agricultural worker can come into contact through work.
Wildfire smoke filled the air across much of the West this summer. That was certainly the case in Davis where researchers are studying the potential health risks of wildfire smoke. This risk may be magnified due to pesticide application across California’s vast agricultural land and the use of fire retardants to fight fires.