NVFC Named Start! Fit-Friendly Company by the American Heart Association
|Wednesday, 04 November 2009|
The American Heart Association (AHA) recently named the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) a Start! Fit-Friendly Company. This program recognizes employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health. This is the second year that the NVFC has received this distinction.
To qualify as a Fit-Friendly Company through the AHA, the NVFC created a wellness program that meets specified standards in promoting fitness and good nutrition in the workplace. The Employee Wellness Initiative kicked off in May 2008 with the mission “to foster an encouraging and positive atmosphere in which employees will be able and encouraged to make healthy choices in the areas of nutrition, fitness, mental wellness, and overall health.” Since then, NVFC staff has taken part in monthly wellness challenges, educational sessions on health and wellness topics, and group workouts, among other activities.
The NVFC actively fights against heart disease in the fire and emergency services through the NVFC Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program. To help support the cause and as part of the Employee Wellness Initiative, staff members will participate in a 3.1-mile AHA Start! Greater Washington Heart Walk on November 14 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The event is one of more than 470 Heart Walks the AHA is holding across the country this year to raise money to fight the nation’s number one and number three killers - heart disease and stroke. The goal of the Greater Washington Heart Walk is to raise $2 million for heart disease and stroke research.