Make Plans Now for American Heart Month

Tuesday, 05 January 2010

Cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke, is the number one cause of death in America. In fact, heart disease causes about 29 percent of all U.S. deaths. The emergency services are not immune to this tragic statistic. Heart disease remains the number one cause of on-duty firefighter fatalities, with about half of all line-of-duty deaths each year attributed to heart attacks.

American Heart Month, held each February, is a national event that aims to renew the nation’s commitment to fighting heart disease and increasing public awareness of how to prevent cardiovascular illnesses. As a firefighter or emergency responder, you face additional stress factors on your heart, lungs, body, and mental health as part of the job - all of which can affect your heart-health. American Heart Month is an opportunity to educate yourself and your department members about adopting and maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Plan your department’s American Heart Month activities now utilizing tools and resources from the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program. The Program offers information on health issues unique to firefighters; the Fired Up for Fitness Challenge to help you stay motivated on your fitness plan; monthly health challenge ideas; and more. Stay tuned to the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program web site and E-news for more American Heart Month ideas.

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