Health moves urged

June 07, 2017

Rick Cross will share the experiences behind his stress-relief strategy — running ultramarathons — and much more at next week’s Men’s Health Event in Shepparton.

Local agriculture personality Rick Cross will discuss the importance of being proactive with your health at this year’s Men’s Health Event next week.

Based in Toolamba and born and bred on a dairy farm, Mr Cross has experienced the ups and downs of dairy farming.

After completing an agricultural sciences degree, Mr Cross worked in the industry for a few years in various roles before he returned home to run the family farm.

Mr Cross also joined the board of directors at Tatura Milk Industries in 2003 and has since transitioned to a director of Bega Cheese when Tatura Milk became a wholly owned subsidiary of the company in 2011.

Also a board member of Murray Dairy for the past two years, Mr Cross has spent the past 18 months as chairman and is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

At the height of the drought in 2006, and as a result of these stressful times spent farming and in the agriculture industry, Mr Cross ran his first 16km fun run.

Mr Cross ran his final ultra-marathon of 246km just five years ago in 2012 — the second time he had completed the Coast to Kosciuszko trek.

‘‘I started running in about 2006 when a lot was going on locally with the drought,’’ he said.

‘‘I needed to get out and clear my mind.

‘‘I think it definitely made me a better person to get out there and go running.’’

Event organiser and Primary Care Connect health promoter Matilda Schubert said Mr Cross would discuss his life experiences with guests and there would be a number of stalls available with a vast array of health-related information.

‘‘We’ll have stalls on healthy eating, QUIT education, sexual health, Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria, bowel cancer awareness, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, farmer health, prostate cancer care, Aboriginal health, and physical activity,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re touching on all areas of men’s health.

‘‘We want to encourage men to talk to and visit their GP as well as discuss things that might be affecting them with their families.’’

Ms Schubert said guests would also get the chance to ask three guest panellists questions relating to health and agriculture at the end of the evening.

‘‘We’ll be having guest panellists — Sam Nelson who is a stock and station agent at Mulcahy Nelson Livestock; the president of the Shepparton United Junior Football Club, Jason Ritchie, who works at Camilla Stockfeeds; community health nurse and dairy farmer Sue Crowther; and rural financial counsellor Chris Howard,’’ she said.

Ms Schubert said it was important for men to be proactive with their health and encouraged them to head along to the event this month.

Mr Cross echoed the message and said men were often terrible when it came to looking after their health.

‘‘They don’t communicate. They don’t talk about what’s going on,’’ he said.

The event is free with light canapes provided.

The Men’s Health Event runs from 6pm to 9pm at The Connection, 7287 Midland Hwy, Mooroopna.

Registration is essential for catering purposes and can be made at

For more information phone Matilda Schubert at Primary Care Connect on 58233200.

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