February is American Heart Month

Monday, 18 February 2008

Cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke, is the number one cause of death in America. In fact, heart disease causes about 29% of all U.S. deaths. The emergency services are not immune to this tragic statistic. Heart disease remains the number one cause of on-duty firefighter fatalities, with about half of all line-of-duty deaths each year attributed to heart attacks.

 

 

In recognition of the nation’s ongoing fight against heart disease, Congress issued a joint resolution in 1963 requesting that the President issue a proclamation each year designating February as American Heart Month. The purpose of this annual proclamation is to renew the nation’s commitment to fighting this deadly disease and increase public awareness of how to prevent cardiovascular illnesses.

 

 

Fire Corps members can take this time to focus on activities to help their departments’ first responders become heart-healthy. Consider distributing literature about the causes of heart disease to department members. Host a “Healthy Heart Night” where you can provide a nutritious, heart-healthy meal to the firefighters and EMTs at the station and talk to them about cardiovascular issues. Encourage your department personnel to become physically fit and join the Fired Up For Fitness Challenge.

 

 

The NVFC Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, the only national program dedicated to saving America's firefighters and EMS personnel from heart disease, has created an American Heart Month Resource Center you can use to learn more about heart-health as well as connect you to the resources and tools that will help get your department members on the path to getting and keeping their hearts strong. Fire Corps members can take the initiative, utilize the Heart-Healthy Firefighter resources, and energize the department to live a healthier lifestyle.

 

 

It takes a person with heart to do their job. Let's help keep our nation’s first responders healthy. Learn more at www.healthy-firefighter.org.

 

 

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