NVFC Screens Hundreds at FDIC

Monday, 14 April 2008

Thousands of firefighters, EMS personnel, and their family members took a step towards heart-health by visiting the NVFC booth during FDIC on April 10-12. These attendees learned important information about their heart-health risk factors, sampled delicious heart-healthy meals, and picked up resources they can use to continue on the path to a healthy lifestyle.

Over 700 people received free blood pressure, cholesterol, and body composition screenings, which were conducted by L&T Health and Fitness, an award-winning fitness management and health promotion company. The free screenings are made possible thanks to a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. These screenings, along with a new risk factor questionnaire, enabled first responders and their families to learn if they are at risk for heart disease.

Considering heart attack is the leading cause of line-of-duty death among firefighters, the importance of this knowledge cannot be underestimated. Attendees learned what they can do to control these risk factors and live a heart-healthy lifestyle. Chef Joseph Bonanno Jr. joined the booth to show attendees how to make heart-healthy meals without sacrificing taste or convenience. Well-known as the Firehouse Chef, Bonanno is the author of The Healthy Firehouse Cookbook and The Firehouse Grilling Cookbook. He is a 21-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department and is a certified fitness trainer and nutritionist. Chef Bonanno prepared several dishes, including El Diablo Sausage and Lentil Stew, Pasta Il Pompiere, and Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya. Learn more about Chef Bonanno at www.chefbonanno.com.

Visitors to the booth also learned about other resources the NVFC offers through its Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program to keep first responders and their families healthy and safe. These include the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Cookbook, the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Resource Guide, The Pulse newsletter, the E-news monthly electronic newsletter, and much more. In addition, attendees received information about the upcoming launch of the new Adopt the Program initiative.

The NVFC booth also offered information about other valuable NVFC programs and initiatives, including Fire Corps (www.firecorps.org) and the National Junior Firefighter Program (www.nvfc.org/juniors). Attendees received information about the scholarships and grants offered through the NVFC’s National Junior Firefighter Program. Thanks to the support of the Dunkin’ Brands Community Foundation, $100,000 is available to 10 outstanding junior firefighters and their departments. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. EDT on May 15. Learn more about these programs and other NVFC initiatives at www.nvfc.org.



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