February is American Heart Month

Wednesday, 01 February 2012

As a firefighter, you protect lives, property, and the environment. As individuals, we all take steps like following traffic laws and locking our house doors each day to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our property. But are you doing all you can to lower your risk of the biggest killer in the United States and the fire service?

Heart disease is responsible for almost thirty percent of deaths worldwide each year and for over half of line-of-duty firefighter fatalities. February is American Heart Month, an excellent opportunity to learn more about how you can reduce your risk of heart disease.

Created in 1963, American Heart Month aims to renew the nation’s commitment to fighting heart disease and increase public awareness of how to prevent cardiovascular illness. Focus on your heart this month by utilizing the free resources, tools, and information available from the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program. The program’s web site features health tips sheets, healthy recipes, motivational success stories, and more to help you adopt and maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Making even small changes can help you lead a longer, healthier life. Eat a well-rounded, healthy diet; make a commitment to be more physically active; get cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood glucose screenings regularly; and if you smoke, try to quit. Keep your heart strong for those who depend on you: your family, your friends, and your community.
The Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program is the only national program dedicated to saving America’s firefighters and EMS personnel from heart disease. Learn more on the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program web site. For more information on first responder health and safety, visit www.nvfc.org/health_safety.


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