Be a Health and Wellness Advocate in Your Department

Wednesday, 05 May 2010

Are you a first responder who is interested in health and fitness and wants to lead and motivate your department members to a heart-healthier lifestyle? Attend one of the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program’s Health and Wellness Advocate Workshops to help combat the leading cause of line-of-duty firefighter deaths – heart attack – by becoming an advocate for health in your department.

These free workshops are designed to train firefighters and emergency services personnel to encourage and motivate their fellow first responders to adopt heart-healthy behaviors. The instructors first teach attendees the basics of kinesiology and biomechanics, motor learning and control, nutrition and healthy eating, and weight management. They then help attendees learn how to build a program for their departments, including the basics for establishing goals, strategies, and program components. The session ends with a demonstration of safe, basic strength exercises and drills that they could implement within their departments.

The next Health and Wellness Advocate Workshop will take place on May 21-23 at the Nebraska State Fire School in Grand Island, NE. Visit the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program calendar for the trade show/workshop schedule. Register online, by contacting your state association, or by emailing Lillian Ricardo, Health and Safety Project Coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . More Workshops will be added to the schedule soon, so stay tuned if you don’t see a location near you.

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