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NVFC To Offer Free Health Screenings at Fire Expo

NVFC To Offer Free Health Screenings at Fire Expo

Monday, 16 October 2006
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) will offer free screenings for cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure at the 2006 Fire Expo, May 19-21 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. The screenings will take place as part of the NVFC's Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program exhibit booth (#22-25).

The NVFC is partnering with L&T Health and Fitness, an award-winning fitness management and health promotion company, to offer the non-fasting screenings. A certified health counselor will discuss the results with each participant and answer any questions. The NVFC and L&T Health and Fitness recently screened almost 800 firefighters at the Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis.

Heart attacks cause almost half of all firefighter fatalities, making this preventable epidemic the leading cause of firefighter deaths. The Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program is a proactive campaign to reduce the number of firefighter deaths from heart attack through proper nutrition, fitness and health education. Since the program launched in 2004, the NVFC has screened thousands of firefighters and emergency medical service personnel for conditions that could lead to heart attack or other heart-related illnesses. To learn more about the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, visit www.healthy-firefighter.org.

Now in its 34th year, the Lancaster County Firemen's Association's Fire Expo is one of the largest fire and emergency services conferences in the nation. Attendance in recent years has surpassed 22,000. For information about the 2006 Fire Expo, visit www.lcfa.com/EXPO.

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