Help Your Department Keep It Strong During National Firefighter Health Week

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

National Firefighter Health Week is August 17-21, and Fire Corps volunteers can help promote healthy living by planning health and wellness activities for their department. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has released an online resource center to help you plan your activities and focus on the overall well-being of your department’s members. This year’s theme, “It takes a healthy heart, mind, and body to do what you do - Keep It Strong,” encourages first responders to learn their risk factors, commit to making healthy lifestyle changes, and keep the momentum going all year long.

Heart attack is the leading cause of line-of-duty firefighter deaths. In addition, factors such as smoke/debris inhalation and stress put first responders at risk of other health and wellness concerns as well. It is critical that when your department responds to a call, everyone is at their best to get the job done safely. The NVFC, through its groundbreaking Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, sponsors National Firefighter Health Week each year to provide an opportunity for departments and personnel to focus on their total health so that they can keep it strong all year long for those who depend on them: their family, department, and community.

Each day during National Firefighter Health Week is dedicated to a different aspect of an overall healthy lifestyle, from knowing your risk factors, to implementing healthy behaviors, to keeping the momentum going. The 2009 daily focus topics are:

  • Monday, August 17: Know Your Risks

  • Tuesday, August 18: Keep Your Head in the Game

  • Wednesday, August 19: Matters of the Heart

  • Thursday, August 20: Focus on Fitness and Nutrition

  • Friday, August 21: Keep it Strong All Year Long – Adopt the Program

Help ensure the safety and well-being of your local firefighters by encouraging your department’s participation in National Firefighter Health Week and planning health-focused events. Utilize the National Firefighter Health Week Resource Center for resources and tools including daily activity suggestions, a motivational poster, healthy living tips and tools, and much more. There are also resources for promoting your local Health Week activities in the community, including a customizable press release, web banners, and even a sponsorship toolkit for getting local businesses to support your health and wellness initiatives.

Learn more and access the National Firefighter Health Week Resource Center at www.healthy-firefighter.org.

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