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NVFC Took Health and Wellness Education on the Road in March

NVFC Took Health and Wellness Education on the Road in March

Monday, 04 April 2011

The National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program had a busy month in March, bringing health and safety information to first responders at events in four states. To help educate firefighters and EMTs about adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the NVFC distributed free resources, tools, and information; conducted two Health and Wellness Advocate Workshops; and provided free fitness demos.

At the Sissonville (WV) Fire and Rescue School on March 5-6 and the State Capitol Area Firefighters Association Conference in Topeka, KS, on March 18-19, the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program provided an exhibit booth with information about heart disease, smoking cessation, emergency vehicle safety, and all of the NVFC’s programs. In addition, the NVFC also hosted a free two-day Health and Wellness Advocate Workshop in Sissonville. Students learned basic principles behind developing a sound health and fitness program and how they can become advocates for health and wellness within their department. A stand-alone workshop was also offered March 19-20 at the Lafayette (LA) Fire Department Training Center.

To wrap up the successful month, the NVFC took its interactive trade show booth to FDIC, held March 24-26 in Indianapolis, IN. The booth included information about all of the NVFC’s programs, including health and wellness resources from the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program. Thanks to support from Honeywell First Responder Products, free fitness demos were also performed at the booth. Performance Specialist Rich Meyer demonstrated low-cost, high-yield circuit workouts that are ideal for firefighters. Find out more in this month’s Heart-Healthy Firefighter Challenge (article #7 in this issue).

The NVFC will offer four more Health and Wellness Advocate Workshops and will attend several more trade shows across the nation this year. Stay tuned to www.healthy-firefighter.org/calendar for updates. In the meantime, read more about shows we’ve been to this year plus other important health and safety information on the NVFC’s health and safety blog at http://nvfcbestpriorities.blogspot.com/.

 

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