Health and Wellness Advocate Workshop
The NVFC Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program launched the Health and Wellness Advocate program to combat the leading cause of line-of-duty firefighter deaths - heart disease - by creating health and fitness advocates within fire/EMS departments. Participants learn basic principles behind developing a sound health and fitness program and how they can become advocates for health and wellness within their department. As Health and Wellness Advocates, they will encourage and motivate their fellow fire and emergency personnel to adopt heart-healthy behaviors.
In Person Workshop
The initiative began as a free two-day Health and Wellness Advocate Workshop taught by ACE-certified instructors from L&T Health and Fitness, an award-winning fitness and health management company. This in-person workshop mixed classroom components with hands-on learning to equip participants with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed as a health and wellness advocate. The workshop was presented at state conferences and fire schools across the country.
The NVFC has adapted curriculum from the Health and Wellness Advocate Workshop into five free online webinars. This innovative training gives first responders the foundation they need to live healthy, reduce heart disease risk factors, and implement successful department health and fitness programs. The webinars are taught by ACE-certified instructors from L&T Health and Fitness, an award-winning fitness and health management company.
On-demand training is provided using an online platform from McNeil and Company’s Emergency Services Insurance Program (ESIP). Course materials and certificates of completion are provided. To access these training webinars, click here and sign-in if you have an existing account, or register as a student using access code 6832.
The following courses are available:
FIRST DUE: Human Function and the Exercise Response
THE ACCELERANT: Physiology of Weight Loss and Healthful Nutrition
DIRECT ATTACK: Putting out the Health Risks and Increasing the Exercise Pump
FULL INVOLVEMENT: Firing Up Your Program
EVOLUTION: Progressing through Functional Exercises to Improve Performance