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Adopt the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program

Adopt the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program

Tuesday, 03 February 2009

Departments and individuals can now adopt the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program. With heart attack remaining the leading cause of firefighter line-of-duty deaths each year, now is the time to take the necessary steps to ensure you do not become a statistic. Adopt the program to access the information, resources, and tools that will help you and your department get and stay healthy, including a fitness challenge, toolkit for securing health and wellness program sponsors, interactive message board, and much more.

To adopt the program, departments simply set up a designated page at www.healthy-firefighter.org/atp. This allows department members to register under their department and take an online pledge to focus on making healthy lifestyle choices. Department members can then participate in the Fired Up for Fitness Challenge, post success stories and photos, find tools to make healthy living even easier, and utilize many other resources in the areas of nutrition, fitness, and overall health. In addition, a message board feature connects you to a network of first responders from across the country who have also made the commitment to become heart-healthy.

As part of the initiative, the NVFC has re-launched the Fired Up For Fitness Challenge with many exciting new components. The tool still allows you to track your fitness hours, but it now challenges you to meet certain fitness goals over the course of a year. As you reach each benchmark, you will receive a reward to keep you motivated and recognize your hard work.

The NVFC has also developed a toolkit to assist emergency service departments in approaching and securing sponsors to support a departmental health and wellness program. Securing Sponsors for Department Health and Wellness Programs takes departments through the steps needed to identify, reach out to, and follow up with potential sponsors and donors. The toolkit contains sample letters, customizable templates, talking points, tips, and ideas to make reaching out to and following up with sponsors as easy and straight-forward as possible.

Adopt the program today to access all of these resources and many others. It takes a person with heart to do your job. Keep it strong for yourself, your loved ones, and your community by adopting the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program.

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