NVFC's Heart-Healthy Program Provides Health Screenings, Cooking Demonstrations to Hundreds at FRI

Thursday, 30 November 2006

Almost 600 volunteer firefighters, emergency services personnel, and their families received health screenings at the Heart-Healthy Firefighter booth during FRI.
The NVFC's Heart-Healthy Firefighter booth screened almost 600 fire and emergency services personnel and their families for blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose at Fire-Rescue International (FRI) in Dallas, TX, September 14-16. The NVFC partnered with L&T Health and Fitness, an award-winning fitness management and health-promotion company, to provide the free health screenings.

"In the four years that the Heart-Healthy booth has been going to trade shows, we have screened over 12,000 emergency services personnel and their families," said Maggie Wilson, NVFC's Director of Health and Safety. "These screenings really make a difference. One firefighter at FRI told us this program saved his life. He had no idea his blood pressure was dangerously high until he was screened at the Heart-Healthy booth at a trade show last year. As a result of the screening he was able to get to his doctor before any complications arose. Now thanks to a combination of medication and a healthier lifestyle he is successfully managing his blood pressure level."

In addition to the health screenings, hundreds of attendees stopped by the booth to learn healthy cooking techniques and recipes during a series of cooking demonstrations performed by Chef Kevin Harris of Food For Love, Inc. Harris shared his recipes for Pollo Con Harissa Y Salsa Verde, Quinoa Azteca, and Roasted Onion and Jack Cheese Polenta, inviting the audience to sample the foods after each demonstration. The recipes are available on the Heart-Healthy Firefighter website at http://www.healthy-firefighter.org.

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