NVFC Reaches Thousands of First Responders at August Trade Shows

Tuesday, 07 September 2010

The National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program wrapped up another busy trade show season with a successful booth exhibit at the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association Conference, held on August 13-14 in Raleigh, NC. This was the sixth state show for the Heart-Healthy Firefighter booth this year, and the program provided free cholesterol screenings to almost 2,000 trade show attendees nationwide in 2010.

The Program also offered six Health and Wellness Advocate (HWA) Workshops this year. These free workshops are designed to train firefighters and emergency services personnel to become advocates for health and wellness within their departments, encouraging and motivating their fellow first responders to adopt heart-healthy behaviors. The instructors taught attendees the foundations for a successful health and wellness program, the steps for establishing a program in their department, and hands-on demonstrations of exercises that can be done at the department.

In addition, the NVFC exhibited at Fire-Rescue International from August 24-28 in Chicago, IL. The booth offered resources from the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, as well as guides on retention and recruitment and vehicle safety, resources to establish or further develop a youth program with help from the National Junior Firefighter Program, and information about other NVFC initiatives. Find out more about all of the NVFC’s programs at www.nvfc.org.

The NVFC has many exciting things in store for 2011. The Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program will take its booth to eight new locations – offering health screenings, HWA Workshops, behavioral health seminars, and program information and tools. Stay tuned to the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program web site for show locations and dates.



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