NVFC Hosts Second Successful Health and Fitness Advocate Workshop

Tuesday, 07 October 2008

The NVFC Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program held the second Health and Fitness Advocate Workshop on September 20-21 at the NVFC headquarters in Greenbelt, MD. Personnel from departments across the country attended the session to learn how to implement and maintain a successful health and fitness program within their department.

The free workshop is designed to train firefighters and emergency services personnel to become advocates within their departments, encouraging and motivating their fellow first responders to adopt heart-healthy behaviors. The instructors first teach attendees the basics of anatomy and physiology, kinesiology and biomechancis, motor learning and control, nutrition and healthy eating, and weight management. They then help attendees learn how to build a program for their departments, including the basics for establishing goals, strategies, and program components. The session ends with a demonstration of safe, basic strength exercises and drills that they could implement within their departments.

If you were not able to attend one of the 2008 sessions, stay tuned in coming months to the Heart-Healthy Firefighter web site and the Heart-Healthy E-news for the 2009 schedule.



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