NVFC, Joe Montana Promote Heart-Health to Firefighters in Myrtle Beach
|Tuesday, 21 November 2006|
Over 1,000 firefighters attended a panel discussion featuring Montana, cardiologist James Rippe and Myrtle Beach Assistant Fire Chief Dan Cimini. Montana discussed his own battle with hypertension, which he was diagnosed with in 2002. He encouraged everyone at the session to stop by the NVFC's Heart-Healthy Firefighter booth to have their blood pressure checked. Rippe, who is also a spokesperson for the BP Success Zone, spoke about the "three-alarm call" in the battle against hypertension - a heart-healthy diet, regular physical activity and getting on the right medicine.
Several hundred firefighters had their blood pressure checked at the Heart-Healthy Firefighter booth. The screenings were provided free of charge by CareForce and North Greenville Fitness. Participants were entered into a raffle to win a 49'ers helmet autographed by Montana.
Firefighters are at a particularly high risk of hypertension due to the stress their hearts are under while fighting fires. Heart attack, which can result from high blood pressure, is the leading cause of firefighter deaths. The NVFC launched its Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program in 2003 in a proactive effort to reverse this alarming and preventable trend through proper fitness, nutrition and health education. For more information about the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, visit www.bpsuccesszone.com or call toll-free 877-GET-BP-DOWN.
The NVFC thanks the South Carolina Firefighters Association and Jim Bowie for their help in planning the Joe Montana event in Myrtle Beach. Stay tuned to the Heart-Healthy Firefighter website for the locations and dates of future Joe Montana appearances.