National Firefighter Health Week is August 14-20
|Tuesday, 02 August 2011|
Being a first responder isn’t an easy job. You wake up in the middle of the night, leave early from important events, and make many other sacrifices to keep your community safe. You know that you need to be ready whenever the next call comes in – and that you have to be at your physical and mental best to tackle the challenges at hand. During National Firefighter Health Week on August 14-20, focus on what you can do to improve health and wellness and find resources and tools to keep you strong and ready to respond. As this year’s theme states, “When it comes to your health, you’re always on duty.”
National Firefighter Health Week is a week-long initiative held each August to educate the fire and emergency services community and the public about a variety of health and wellness issues that affect first responders. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), through its Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, launched the Health Week initiative in 2007 to create awareness around important health issues in the emergency services and encourage first responders to take action. Now in its fifth year, Health Week is expanding to a full seven days to allow more time for departments to focus on their health.
Each day during National Firefighter Health Week focuses on a different topic that leads first responders and their departments through the steps to achieving good health. Use the National Firefighter Health Week Resource Center to find information about each focus day as well as resources, tools, and activity ideas specific to each day's topic:
In addition to the many tools and resources currently available in the National Firefighter Health Week Resource Center, exciting new resources will be added during Health Week including a new PPE webinar and videos on fitness and nutrition topics. You’ll also receive daily e-blasts throughout the week with tips and ideas for participating in that day’s focus theme.
The alarm is sounding – are you ready for the call? Rededicate yourself to your health and fitness routine or take the steps to adopt a healthy lifestyle during National Firefighter Health Week. On behalf of the millions of Americans you protect every day, thank you – and stay healthy and safe out there.