Help Your Department Get Healthy During National Firefighter Health Week

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

National Firefighter Health Week is August 16-20, and Fire Corps teams can help by integrating health and fitness into their department and throughout the community.

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), through its groundbreaking Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, launched National Firefighter Health Week in August 2007 to raise awareness about the health challenges that face first responders. Now in its fourth year, National Firefighter Health Week is a week-long initiative to educate the fire and emergency services community and the public about heart-health as well as a variety of other health and wellness issues.

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 daily focus topics are:

  • Monday, August 16: Head Strong - (Behavioral Health)

  • Tuesday, August 17: Respond Strong (Put It On) - (Personal Protective Equipment)

  • Wednesday, August 18: Strong at Heart - (Heart-Health)

  • Thursday, August 19: Stand Strong Against Cancer - (Cancer)

  • Friday, August 20: Strength for Life - (Nutrition & Physical Fitness)

The National Firefighter Health Week Resource Center contains resources and tools to help you plan your Health Week events. Additional materials will be added in the coming weeks, including daily activity suggestions, a motivational poster, links to tools and resources, and much more to help everyone in your department adopt and maintain heart-healthy lifestyles. 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 activities.

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