Keep It Strong During National Firefighter Health Week, August 17-21

Tuesday, 07 July 2009

When your department responds to a call, everyone needs to be at their best to get the job done safely. It takes a healthy heart, mind, and body to do the work of a first responder. National Firefighter Health Week, August 17-21, is your opportunity to focus on your total health so that you can keep it strong all year long for those who depend on you: your family, your department, and your community.

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), through its groundbreaking Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, launched National Firefighter Health Week

in August 2007 to raise awareness about the health challenges that face you as a first responder. Now in its third year, National Firefighter Health Week is a week-long initiative to educate the fire and emergency services community and the public about heart-health as well as a variety of other health and wellness issues.

Each day during National Firefighter Health Week is dedicated to a different aspect of an overall healthy lifestyle, from knowing your risk factors, to implementing healthy behaviors, to keeping the momentum going. The daily focus topics are:

  • Monday, August 17: Know Your Risks
  • Tuesday, August 18: Keep Your Head in the Game
  • Wednesday, August 19: Matters of the Heart
  • Thursday, August 20: Focus on Fitness and Nutrition
  • Friday, August 21: Keep it Strong All Year Long: Adopt the Program

The National Firefighter Health Week Resource Center contains resources and tools to help you plan your Health Week events. This includes daily activity suggestions, a motivational poster, links to tools and resources, and much more to help everyone in your department adopt and maintain heart-healthy lifestyles. There are also resources for promoting your local Health Week activities in the community, including a customizable press release, web banners, and even a sponsorship toolkit for getting local businesses to support your health and wellness activities. It takes a healthy heart, mind, and body to do what you do - Keep It Strong.

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