Help Your Department Get Healthy During National Firefighter Health Week

Tuesday August 17th, 2010
 

It’s National Firefighter Health Week, and your Fire Corps team can help by integrating health and fitness into your department and raising awareness in your community about the importance of firefighter health and wellness.

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. This year’s daily focus topics are behavioral health, personal protective equipment, heart-health, cancer, and nutrition and physical fitness.

The National Firefighter Health Week Resource Center contains resources and tools to help you plan events during Health Week and beyond. These include daily activity suggestions, a motivational poster, links to tools and resources for each focus topic, a special issue of The Pulse newsletter, and much more to help everyone in your department adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. 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.

Visit www.healthy-firefighter.org/healthweek and start focusing on the health of you and your department members today.

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