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NVFC Staff Walk for Heart Disease

NVFC Staff Walk for Heart Disease

Tuesday, 01 December 2009

On November 14, staff members from the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) participated in a 3.1-mile American Heart Association (AHA) Start! Greater Washington Heart Walk, held on the National Mall in Washington, DC. In addition, NVFC Director of Government Relations David Finger was named a winner of the Healthy Lifestyle Change Award, which recognizes individuals who have made positive changes to improve their quality of life and health.

“If there is a useful personal story in what I’ve done, I think it’s actually in the fact that I haven’t turned my life upside-down with an intense workout routine and strict diet; instead, I’ve made small adjustments that are easy to manage each day,” said Finger. “The most important thing for me is to take things one day at a time. The system that I’ve worked out over the past seven months isn’t overwhelming as long as I just focus on what I have to do each day instead of worrying about a misstep I might have had yesterday.”

The Start! Heart Walk was one of more than 470 walks the AHA is holding across the country this year to raise money to fight the nation’s number 1 and number 3 killers – heart disease and stroke. The goal of the Greater Washington Heart Walk was to raise $2 million for heart disease and stroke research.

In addition to honoring the winners of the Healthy Lifestyle Change Award, AHA representatives recognized companies designated a Start! Fit-Friendly Company. The NVFC was named a Start! Fit-Friendly Company for the second year in a row for its well-rounded Employee Health and Wellness Program, which fosters a culture of fitness, nutrition, and overall healthy behavior in the workplace and beyond.

Learn more about the Start! Heart Walk. Find resources to help keep you, your department, and your family heart-healthy on the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program web site.

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