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NVFC's Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program Reaches Hundreds at Firehouse Expo

NVFC's Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program Reaches Hundreds at Firehouse Expo

Monday, 20 November 2006

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) offered free health screenings and cooking demonstrations at its Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program booth at Firehouse Expo in Baltimore, Maryland, July 27-29. Firehouse.com captured the booth's interactive exhibit on film, which will be featured on Firehouse.com in the coming days.

Over 500 firefighters and emergency services personnel received free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings at the Heart-Healthy Firefighter booth. The NVFC teamed up with L&T Health and Fitness, an award-winning fitness management and health-promotion company, to provide the free screenings.

Chef Kevin Harris of Food For Love, Inc., performed several cooking demonstrations over the course of the three days to show attendees how to make heart-healthy meals. The demonstrations included Harris' recipes for Never Too Much Garlic Pasta, Pollo y Pesto and Smokey Corn & Crab Chowder. These recipes are available on the Heart-Healthy Firefighter website at www.firehouse.com.

The NVFC launched the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program in 2003 as a proactive campaign to reduce the number of firefighter deaths from heart attack through proper nutrition, fitness and health education. Heart attack is the leading cause of firefighter deaths. As part of the campaign, the Heart-Healthy Firefighter booth travels to trade shows and conferences nationwide to increase awareness among firefighters and emergency services personnel about the importance of heart-health. For more information, visit the Program's website .

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Booth to be featured on www.Firehouse.com