WCAHS Celebrates California Ag Day 2016

How long does it take to adapt to high temperatures? That was one question on the trivia wheel that WCAHS brought to California Ag Day 2016 at the State Capitol on March 16th. The answer, by the way, is 2 – 14 days for the average person to acclimate to high heat.

2A. Leslie at CA Ag Day

Leslie Olivares with the heat illness trivia wheel.

California Ag Day is annual event that celebrates the abundance of California agriculture and its work force – the farmers, ranchers, laborers – and all that agriculture provides to our communities. Over forty exhibitors involved with all facets of state agriculture, including WCAHS Education and Outreach Specialist Teresa Andrews and Junior Specialist Leslie Olivares, step up tables on the west steps of the Capitol for the public to visit.

The popular WCAHS prize wheel focused on heat illness prevention, which is an especially relevant concern for farm workers, or anyone, spending long periods of time working outside during heat events in California. Children as well as adults were eager to spin the wheel to test their knowledge and win a prize.  The relaxed, family friendly event was a great way to promote our educational work and future training on heat illness.

WCAHS thanks California AgrAbility not only for the incredible work that they do for farm worker health, but also for graciously sharing their table with us. We were pleased to be part of California Ag Day and will attend similar outreach events in the coming months. For more information on these events, contact WCAHS at agcenter@ucdavis.edu or (530) 752-5253.

Check out this California Department of Food and Agriculture YouTube video to learn more about the day.

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THE WESTERN CENTER FOR AGRICULTURAL HEALTH AND SAFETY (WCAHS) at UC DAVIS has made strides in areas of research, prevention/intervention and education/outreach. It is uniquely situated to address and affect the health and safety of farmers, farm family members, hired farm workers and their families because of its co-location with the UC Davis Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, its Colleges of Agriculture and Engineering, and the California’s Central Valley, one of Western agriculture’s most intensive and productive regions. WCAHS has taken a leadership role in addressing western agricultural health and safety issues, including health among migrant and seasonal (hired) farm workers, ergonomics of labor-intensive crop work, respiratory hazards in dry-climate farming, health of women and children in agriculture and pesticide safety. The public (general and agricultural) have been recipients of educational programs. WCAHS’ electronic communications (newsletter, list server) have expanded educational efforts of the center internationally.